by Steve Wagers

What's Love Got to do With It?
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Psalm 116
May 17, 2009

Sermon Outline
1. Love that is Provided Unconditionally!
A) The Personality of a Sacred Love
B) The Reliability of a Shared Love
2. Love that is Proclaimed Unashamedly!
A) What God Did for Him
B) How God Dealt with Him
3. Love that is Proved Undeniably!
A) Sincerely
B) Selflessly
C) Sacrificially

A man on a plane sat down next to a beautiful young lady. She was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen. It was love at first sight. He struck up a conversation with her, "Are you married?" "No," she said. "Are you engaged?" "No." "Are you dating anyone?" "No." "Why isn't a beautiful woman like you not dating?"

She replied, "I am looking for a man with certain qualities." He asked, "What kind of qualities are you looking for in a man?" She replied, "I like native American Indians. I love their skin color and high cheek bones. I also like Jewish men. Jewish men seem so brilliant and are financially successful. But I also like the good ole boys from the south, their southern drawl and the way they treat a woman. By the way, what's your name?" He answered, "My name is Geronimo Bernstein, but my friends call me Bubba."

In the 19th century, a 15-year old girl named Elizabeth Barrett suffered a spinal injury and was confined to her bed. She had resigned herself to a life of isolation. Her amazing poetic works brought many admirers to her bedside. Among them was a man named Robert Browning. He convinced her that her illness was not near as bad as she had imagined.

He came day after day to encourage her, and was one of the reasons she fought for life. They fell in love and married in Italy in 1846. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most famous pieces is "Sonnets from the Portuguese," which she wrote to describe her deep, devoted, and undying love she had for her husband.

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My ...

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