There’s one thing that’s never going to change in your life: it’s God’s unrelenting, unending love for you. God’s love is consistent, steadfast, dependable, unwavering and enduring. Jesus said to his disciples, “Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” Do we love one another with everlasting love? How do we practice everlasting love? Is it even possible to have everlasting love in our marriages today?

This week Todd began a new 2-part message series, “Better Together.” Before this week’s sermon, we watched the following video:  Love Life Journey by Journey Box

Message by Todd Lester – July 24, 2016

Jeremiah 31:3b “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.”

John 15:12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

FOUR CHOICES THAT MAKE LOVE LAST

1. LASTING LOVE EXTENDS GRACE

1 Corinthians 13:7a Love never gives up …

Proverbs 17:9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven.

I need to extend grace to people when:

  1. Their flaws irritate me
  2. Their words or actions hurt me
  3. They sin

Ephesians 4:2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

James 1:19 You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Proverbs 19:11b (NIV) It is to one’s glory to overlook an offence.

1 Peter 4:8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

2. LASTING LOVE EXPRESSES FAITH

1 Corinthians 13:7b Love … never loses faith

Judges 16:15a Then Delilah pouted, “How can you tell me, ‘I love you,’ when you don’t share your secrets with me?”

Psalm 62:8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

LINK to Dr. Julian Rotter’s Interpersonal Trust Scale: click here.

3. LASTING LOVE EXPECTS THE BEST

1 Corinthians 13:7c Love … is always hopeful.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

4. LASTING LOVE ENDURES THE WORST

1 Corinthians 13:7d Love … endures through every circumstance.

TOMORROW NEVER COMES

If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly, and pray the Lord your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would tape each action and word, and play them back throughout my days.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two,
To stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you know I do.

So just in case tomorrow never comes, and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never will forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day
That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss,
And you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,
That you love them very much, and you’ll always hold them dear.
Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.”
And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.

Norma Cornett Marek, 1989

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