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THEME: LOVE AND MARRIAGE 1 John 4:7-8 NIV ”Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born... Revelation of the Word:


1 John 4:7-8 NIV

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.“


Love can be traced to its Source in the nature of God as revealed at the cross. Married couples are called to show that they are children of God by manifesting sacrificial love and actions like Christ. 


Love and marriage are inseparable and as the couple makes the vow to come together as one, they are joined in cords of love. Ecclesiastes 4:12 reminds us that a three-cord strand cannot be easily broken. When God becomes the focal point in a marriage and the center, then love never seems to cease for God is love. God calls married couples to love each other deeply for love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). Offenses in a marriage are not so rare in occurrence and forgiveness should be considered first. Several factors that cause divorce including infidelity, lack of finances, poor communication, constant arguments, physical and emotional abuse, lack of intimacy, unrealistic expectations etc., do not consider forgiveness but are acts of vengeance. The Lord reminds us that vengeance belongs to God alone (Romans 12:19). We are called to “owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8). Joseph loved his wife Mary, and did not want to expose her to the public in disgrace but chose to divorce her privately. Then the angel of the Lord appeared to him and revealed that Jesus was conceived by the help of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-20). Husbands are reminded to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies for he who loves his wife loves himself (Ephesians 5:25-28), and not be harsh to them. Wives are called to submit to their husbands, as to the Lord (Colossians3:18-19). 


Almighty Father we thank You and exult Your holy name for Your loving kindness upon us. God You are rich in mercy and have loved us with great love, even when we were dead in trespasses, You made us alive together with Christ, and by grace You have saved us. Thank You for loving us dear Lord Jesus, and when we were still sinners and You died for us. May You teach us to love one another as we love ourselves. May You teach us to love our spouse deeply for love covers a multitude of sins. We repent for every sin, iniquity and trespass that we have committed with our thoughts, eyes, mouths, and entire bodies that You may forgive us and sanctify us full body, soul and spirit. May Your love always be present in our hearts, homes, places of work, communities, churches and nation. May You bless all women and respond to all their needs and prayers. May You bless us and keep us dear Lord Jesus. May You shine Your face towards us and be gracious unto us. May You show Your countenance unto us and give us peace. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forevermore. Amen

Further reading: Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 13:13

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