Love That Is Spelled G-O-D! by Steve Wagers

Love That Is Spelled G-O-D!
Steve Wagers
1 Corinthians 13: 1-8

1. THE LOVE STORY OF ROBERT AND
ELIZABETH BROWNING IS WELL-KNOWN
TO LOVERS OF LITERATURE. THE LOVE
STORY OF THESE TWO ENGLISH POETS IS
ONE OF THE SWEETEST STORIES ON
RECORD.

2. SHE WAS BORN IN 1806, BUT HER
HEALTH BEGAN TO DECLINE IN 1835
AFTER HER FAMILY MOVED TO LONDON.
SOON SHE BECAME A PERMANENT
INVALID, AND SHE WAS DESTINED TO
SPEND THE REST OF HER DAYS CONFINED
TO HER HOME. IN 1845, SOME OF HER
POETRY WAS PUBLISHED, AND SHE AND
ROBERT BROWNING BEGAN TO RESPOND.
IN 1846, THEY WERE MARRIED, AND
HER POETRY BEGAN TO REFLECT THE
LOVE THAT SHE HAD FOR HER HUSBAND.

3. HE HAD GIVEN UP HIS LIFE TO CARE FOR
HER, AN INVALID. HE HAS ACCEPTED
HER, AND TAKEN HER FOR WHO SHE
WAS, AND EVERYDAY SHE FELL MORE
AND MORE INTO LOVE WITH HIM. THEY
FINALLY MOVED TO ITALY WHERE THE
WARM CLIMATE AND BROWNING'S
STRONG LOVE FOR ELIZABETH HELP TO
RESTORE HER HEALTH. LATER,
SOMEONE ASKED HER, "TO WHAT DO
YOU OWE YOUR RECOVERY?" SHE
REPLIED, "I HAD A FRIEND!" THAT
FRIEND WAS HER LOVER, HUSBAND,
MENTOR AND COMPANION, ROBERT
BROWNING. SHE PUT HER LOVE FOR HER
HUSBAND TO POETRY IN, SONNETS FROM
THE PORTUGUESE, WHEN SHE WROTE:

"HOW DO I LOVE THEE,
LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!"

4. THE EMPHASIS OF 1 CORINTHIANS IS
THE LOVE OF GOD RADIATING IN THE
LIVES OF THE SAINTS. IT IS NO
ORDINARY LOVE, BUT AN
EXTRAORDINARY THAT EXUDES FROM
OUR LIVES, REVEALING OUR LOVE FOR
THE LORD JESUS.

5. THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE
WORD LOVE IN THE BIBLE.

EROS: "A PASSIONATE LOVE"
PHILEO: (PHILADELPHIA): "AN AFFECTIONATE
LOVE/BROTHERLY LOVE"
AGAPE: "A LOVE THAT IS OF GOD.

6. AGAPE LOVE IS THE LOVE PAUL HAS IN
MIND HERE. IT IS THE LOVE OF GOD FOR
US, AND THUS THE LOVE OF GOD
THROUGH US. KAGAWA SAID, "LOVE IS
THE LAW OF LIFE!"

1. THE DIVINE EXCELLENCE OF
LOVE!

A. THE ABUNDANCE OF THIS LOVE
BRINGS VICTORY

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