We love because he first loved us
Think about the above scripture, the context is mainly about loving God and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, whether we are talking about love for our friends, our neighbors, our president (gasp), or in this case our spouse on valentines day, we can not do it in it’s fullest sense without God. We can love our husbands, wives, boo, girl friend, boyfriend, main squeeze with God’s infinite love because He loved us first. Look through the valentines day sermons below, hopefully there is one for everyone: singles, teens, youth group, senior adults and married(s).
I would say yes…Why, because we are told to honor our spouses, sacrifice for them, be free with our bodies with them. Heck, have you read Song of Solomon? How about Proverbs 5:19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love. Let’s redeem what Satan has tainted and love our spouses well every day, not just V day. Matter of fact, I may preach a valentine’s day sermon this year!
The bible talks about the great mystery of marriage being a parallel to Christ and the church. Whenever I think about about how much Christ loves His church: does exceedingly above what we ask or think, laid down His life for her, while we were still in sin loved us, knew the plans He had for us before being born…The list goes on and on. Not to mention what Hosea teaches us, that we play the whore with God. Never the less, He loves us. He is the best valentine, scratch that, He is too good to be considered that.
With all of that in mind, we as husbands as ourselves, are we loving our wives like Christ love His church. What a challenge!
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,1 but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love gdoes not envy or boast; it his not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;2 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but lrejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
15 Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. 16 Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, 19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated[d] always in her love. 20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?[e] 21 For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders[f] all his paths.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body.