Based on: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
What is love? People ask that question. They meet someone special and they ask, “Is this love?” Or perhaps someone says to you, “I love you.” How do you know? Are those just words or do they truly love you? Yes, this question is asked over and over again. What is love?
I’m sure that each of you has verbally expressed your love for the other. But if your love for each other was only found in the words you exchanged, then I am certain you would not be here today in this church, standing next to each other at this altar. No, your love is more than just words. Your love displays itself in the patience you have with each other, the kindness you show one another, the respectful way you treat each other.
You see, love is not found in words. Love is active. It “does” something and in love’s actions you can always see that love acts for the greatest good of the one loved.
Now as the two of you leave this altar and begin your life together as husband and wife, your love will continue to grow. Use these words from 1 Corinthians 13 as the pattern and definition for the love you have for each other. But, let us also be realistic. These words set a very high standard. In fact it is a standard of perfection that none of us can fulfill. Now that presents a problem, not only for the two of you, but also for the rest of us because without meeting that standard of perfect love there is no chance of heaven.
But God’s love is perfect. God didn’t simply use words to tell us of his perfect love, but he showed us his love with his actions.
We see his perfect love in action when we look at our Savior and see the nail marks in his hands and the place where the spear pierced his side. Those marks are the marks of God’s love for us. Because of those marks, God looks at us and sees perfect love.
Now God says it is your turn. He has loved you. He does love you. He will continue to love you. He desires that you show that love to each other. You have chosen each other as that special person with whom you want to share your love with for the rest of your life. This is a reflection of God’s love for you. You are promising to show each other in your words and actions that love which God has shown to you.
This is not an easy task. But God does not leave you without help. As you continue to build your relationship, Spencer and Heather, and you include Jesus Christ your Savior, you will be blessed. As you hear and study God’s word, as you focus on Christ’s love for you, your love for each other will do nothing but grow stronger.
The better we understand how God loved us in Jesus, the easier it is to be patient and kind, to not keep a record of wrong, to protect and trust. God’s love for us will give you the strength to love each other for the rest of your lives.