by Jeff Strite

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Love Me Nots (3 of 4)
Series: All You Need Is Love
Jeff Strite
I Corinthians 13:4-8

A high School senior was asking his father's advice on how to woo the girl of his dreams. And his dad said "Well son, when you take her out for pizza tonight and you're sitting across the table from her, take her hand in yours gaze longingly into her eyes and softly say 'Wow, you have a face that would make time stand still.'"
That night, when the boy took the girl out to eat, he sat down across the table from her, took her hand in his, gazed into her eyes. But he was nervous. His hands were shaking and he couldn’t quite remember exactly what his father told him to say. Then suddenly he smiled and said "Whoa babe, you've got a face that would stop a clock."

Somehow I don’t think that line was going to work on her.
He was trying to follow his father’s advice.
He was trying to tell her “I love you”
But that’s not what she’d heard.

(I took a daisy and walked down into the audience, plucking petals from the flower as I said)
When we were children, many of us would take flowers and pluck the petals as we recited
“She loves me… she loves me not”.
“She loves me… she loves me not”.
“She loves me… she loves me not”.
Hoping that the last petal would tell us “she loves me”.

Some of the petals were “love me” petals.
And the rest were “love me nots”.

Last week we talked about the “Love me” petals of the flower of love.
This week, we’re going to look at the “Love me nots”.

There are phrases in I Corinthians 13 that are “love me nots”.
They are phrases describe actions and attitudes - that when we see them –say to us
“This is not love”.
“That’s not what love looks like!
(These are “love me nots”)

There are about 8 “love me nots” listed in I Corinthians 13:
being easily angered,
keeping record of wrongs.
and delighting in evil.

When we have these attitudes and behaviors in our lives we’re not loving l ...

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