1 John 4:7-16
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
God Is Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. 15 God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. 16 So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
Between us we have more than 56 years of married life to look back on, but we are choosing to look forward and follow the path that God is laying out before us. One of the lines we have chosen to include in our vows is “I will serve you with tenderness and respect and encourage the development of God’s gifts in you.”
I would pray that we could all make that vow, not just to the person we are going to marry, but to all of God’s children wherever they may be. I will be praying that I make that vow myself to the future congregations that I will serve.
God Bless You !by