TIED (4 OF 4)

by James Merritt

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Tied (4 of 4)
Series: The Knot
James Merritt
1 Corinthians 13:4-8


There are two topics a pastor can talk about that are guaranteed to generate emails, letters, phone calls, discussion, and debate. Those topics are money and marriage. I knew that this series we are doing on marriage would generate a lot of interest, reveal a lot of anguish, and strike a lot of nerves.

There is an old joke about marriage that goes like this: ''Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. At the end you wish you had a club and a spade!'' Unfortunately and for too many marriages, that is true.

One of the ways marriage has been referred to is ''tying the knot.'' Two lines of life coming together and becoming wrapped up in a way that is not easily broken. It is an appropriate analogy except for the fact that too many knots are becoming untied. We have been sharing from God's word how to tie a knot that will stay tied. We went all the way back to the very first wedding and the very first marriage and said that the way to tie a knot in your marriage that will stay tied is to let God tie the knot. Then, over the last two weeks we got very specific and talked about what a wife has to allow God to do with her, to tie her end of the knot and what a husband has to allow God to do with him, to tie his end of the knot.

Today, we are going to wrap up this series by looking at the one thing we all know is necessary for a marriage, not only to hold together, but for the people in that marriage to be happy together and that one thing is love. No matter what else is in a marriage, a love-less marriage is a life-less marriage.

When you talk about a knot that will stay tied what you really are asking is this question, ''Is it possible for two people who fall in love before they marry to stay in love after they marry?'' It sounds like a rhetorical question that calls for a ''yes'' answer, but I would add this addendum. It a ...

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