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Two Are Better than One

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Jeanette and Nicholas, do you remember the first chapter in the Getting Ready for Marriage Workbook? In that chapter, we looked at love. There are three kinds of love, friendship love, emotional live and commitment love.
Friendship love is the kind of love you can have as a single person. You have love for your friends and family, but your primary focus is you. You are living, ultimately, for one. If you friends call you up to do something, you can go, you don’t have to ask anyone permission. Or you can say, no thanks, I’m content staying at home looking for cat memes.
But the Lord brought you together, and your friendship love grew into something more.

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You began to develop emotional love. You started dating. You started to make the other person more and more of a priority in your life. You began to see that two are better than one; it’s been this way from the beginning. How long was Adam in the garden before God pronounced, “It is not good for man to be alone”?
in just a little while now, you will exchange your vows, give each other rings, and I will pronounce you married.
This is why two are better than one. With two, there’s Two are better than one. How long was Adam in the garden before God pronounced, “It is not good for man to be alone.”
God created Eve for Adam. At that moment, he instituted marriage. Two are better than one. A married couple lives for each other. Their work provides a double blessing, two share the wages, not just one, two are blessed, not just one.
God created Eve for Adam. At that moment, he instituted marriage. Two are better than one. A married couple lives for each other. Their work provides a double blessing, two share the wages, not just one, two are blessed, not just one. To two, are added children, family, community.
Life is difficult. Two get through it better than someone on their own. If one falls, the other can help. If one forgets to feed the cat, the other can do it.
Emotional love is what works to bind two people together. You begin to give up more, you share yourself with the other. You bless them and encourage them. You draw close together and are willing to be vulnerable, and trusting. You need to trust that you are looking out for each other’s best interests. Emotional love moves you to depend upon one another and trust each other.
The third one is the sacrificial love that we see so clearly in Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly sacrificed himself, out of love for his father, out of love for you and for me, by giving up his life as a payment for our sin, so that God’s justice would be met. Jesus has poured out that same love into you. That’s where your love for each other begins. It begins with your sacrificial commitment to each other, in love.
Life will come at you with all kinds of trials and temptations. You face them best together. Be aware of all the things that will try to tear you apart. Work together, be devoted to each other. Two are harder to overcome. Communicate with each other. Keep yourselves on the same page.

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The third kind of love is the most important. The third love is commitment love. Commitment love is the sacrificial love that we see so clearly in Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly sacrificed himself, out of love for his father, out of love for you and for me, by giving up his life as a payment for our sin, so that God’s justice would be met. Jesus has poured out that same love into you. That’s where your love for each other is made perfect. God is love. To have true commitment love for each other, you must have Christ in you.
The third one is the sacrificial love that we see so clearly in Jesus Christ. Jesus willingly sacrificed himself, out of love for his father, out of love for you and for me, by giving up his life as a payment for our sin, so that God’s justice would be met. Jesus has poured out that same love into you. That’s where your love for each other begins. It begins with your sacrificial commitment to each other, in love.
Christ is the third strand. You cannot manufacture love. Love is a decision, it is a commitment. Love is action. Profession of love without action is nothing. Jesus professed his love for his Father, for us, by giving up his life.
Give yourself up to Christ, first, then to each other. That makes an unbreakable cord. Jesus is your love, your strength, your power. Let him work in and through you, to increase and bless your love! Amen!
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