by Roger Thomas

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Three Degrees of Love (3 of 18)
Series: New Testament Sampler
Roger Thomas
I Corinthians 13:1-13

Introduction: Love is a many splendored thing, the poets say. But defining it is hard!

A group of six to eight year olds were asked to explain love. Rebecca, age eight, observed, "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore, so my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." Six year old Tommy said, "Love is like an old woman and an old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

Sisters Ann Landers and Abby VanBuren were asked about the most unusual queries about love and marriage they ever received at their advice columns. Dear Abby said the most unusual letter she ever read was from a lady who wrote, "My husband burns the hair out of his nose with a lighted match; and he thinks I'm crazy because I voted for Goldwater!" Ann Landers said she received a letter from a wife who claimed that her husband hid her dentures so she couldn't go out and vote for a republican. The letter didn't provide any more details. But the envelope was postmarked in Audrain County, Missouri, and it smelled like a barber's shop. Not really!

Love is wonderful. It can also be surprising! Take Tom for example. Tom offered to help Joe finish his new deck one afternoon. The two went straight to Joe's place after work. When they got to the door, Joe grabbed his wife, gave her a hug, told her how beautiful she was and how much he had missed her all day. Later Joe's wife fixed the men something to eat. Afterwards Joe complimented his wife on her cooking, gave her a big kiss and told her how he loved her.

Once back at the deck project, Tom voiced surprise at how Joe fussed over his wife. Joe said that he'd started that about six months ago. It had revived their marriage. Things couldn't be better, he insisted.

Tom decided he ought to give i ...

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