by Dr. Ed Young

Killing Romance
Ed Young
2 Timothy 3:1-2

I hope you have your scripture opened this morning to the book of II Timothy, chapter number 3, reading verse 1 through verse 3.

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, reviler, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good.

Let's go to the Lord in prayer together. Father, during this time of worship, we pray that Thou wilt tabernacle among us in a supernatural way. You speak, let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy and divine message may not only be heard, but may it be received and understood and incorporated into our lifestyles. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy, saving name of Jesus Christ, our living Lord. Amen

What is romance? Webster defines it as ''seeking favor of another person through gifts or flattery.'' When I think of romance, I think of one descriptive word which says it clearly to me - I think of chemistry.

Someone who is romantic, I think they have chemistry. In fact, it's all the qualities wrapped up in a person of the opposite sex that leads you to say, ''I like you.'' First, I believe there must be romantic feelings in a relationship. And when the romance begins to blossom, then the feelings begin to grow. And then marriage takes place. And then there is that sharing and ultimately, there will be that serving. And real love sets in. And real love can be defined as ''an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person'' - that's real love. And upon this foundation of romance and feelings and sharing and serving, real love can grow and build. Now almost everybody knows what it means to be romantic. Even the most sour and straightforward individual here would have to say, ''I kinda like romance.'' If this does not fit you, something is desperately wrong with your psyche. All of us ...

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