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(1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV) “Do everything in love.”
Commitment: Willing to be unhappy until we work it out.
Love That Lasts
(Song of Songs 8:5-6 NIV) Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.
Lasting love is possessive.
(Song of Songs 8:7 NIV) Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.
Lasting love is persevering.
Covenant surrenders rights and assumes responsibility.
Contract protects rights and shirks responsibility.
(1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV) (Love)... keeps no record of wrongs.
(Song of Songs 8:8 NIV) We have a young sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister for the day she is spoken for?
(Song of Songs 8:9 NIV) If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar.
Lasting love is protective.
(Song of Songs 8:10 NIV) I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment.
Lasting love is peaceful.
(Song of Songs 8:13-14 NIV) You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! Come away, my lover, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.
Love is a choice.
(Colossians 3:14 NIV) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.