The Sweet Christian Bride

Powerful Love

by admin on March 26, 2013 in Faith, Purpose, Relationship, Sermon with No Comments

At a recent wedding, I heard Reverend Jason Griffice from San Marino Community Church give a homily on 1 John 4:7-12.  This was a common wedding passage, yet the message was fresh.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:7-12).

Reverend Griffice began by explaining that John is using the tool of repetition to get his point across: love!  “Love,” Griffice said, “is the cross.  Love is Jesus laying his life down for you and I and atoning for our sins.”  It’s a counter-cultural love, which NT Wright describes as “a powerful love,” one which encompasses all five love-languages.

He continued, “This is a call to out-serve one another, a call to who can get the lowest.”  And how can a husband and wife possible do this on a daily basis?  Griffice instructed this bride and groom to “never take [their] eyes off the cross.”  Jesus as their daily bread and their model of life was how a husband and wife could continually check their pride and find joy in serving one another.

As Reverend Griffice moved through the passage, he paused at verse 12: “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”  This was a sub-charge to the church.  Why would a husband and wife, or anyone in the church, desire to love so selflessly?  To show others Who God is.  “If you want to see God,” he said, “look at [the groom] as he looks into [the bride’s] eyes.”

He personalized this message to the bride and groom, sharing three things that each had earlier professed to him to love about the other.  He mentioned these traits so that the bride and groom could cling to them when life paints a different picture of their spouse.  He charged them to remember this moment, so that as the world watches them and their marriage, they will be forever equipped with the faith required to love one another as Christ loved them.  Then others shall know God.

By Lindsay

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