MMP: Love is Love…or is it?

October 9, 2017
Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Ellen Lewis.

 

TITLE: Culture vs. God: Who’s Right About Sex?
PASSAGE: Roman 5:12, 7:25; Psalm 145:17; James 1:12-17; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

 

This week we started what will be a three week look at sexual ethics. Pastor Mark focused this week on the biblical foundations of sexual ethics. This series is certainly a timely one. It is not that our culture is necessarily any more or less off base than previous cultures have been when it comes to this topic. But it would seem that given the technological advancements that we are bombarded with more misinformation and more access to content that pushes a sexuality that is far from biblical.

Pastor Mark touched on many important aspects of sexual impurity, though what struck me personally was his acknowledgment of our culture’s movement and celebration of phrases such as “love is love.” But what does that actually mean? It’s just vague and pithy enough to sound true, despite no obvious meaning. To understand what love really is, Pastor Mark went to several verses, including the well known passages in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

 

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

 

Does the love we are feeling mirror these things, or does it betray selfish desires and pursuits? Am I choosing to love my husband in a way that is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs? I need to be sure that I am living out this definition of love in my own life, and thus being a light to the world–a world filled with people that God loves and wants a personal relationship with even when we fail horribly in accepting and reflecting His truth of love.

 

Listen to the full sermon here