PRACTICAL LOVE IN MARRIAGE (PART 2)

OPENING PRAYER: Father, please let torment and fear be chased out of our marriages through the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus' name.

BIBLE PASSAGE : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1.Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2.And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3.And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4.Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5.Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6.Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7.Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8.Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9.For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10.But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11.When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12.For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13.And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
MEMORY VERSE: "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love". 1 John 4:18.
LESSON INTRODUCTION :
In the previous lesson, we learnt about erotic/sexual love and friendship love as being crucial for a successful marriage. We shall further consider two(2) types of love that must be practiced in godly marriage. These are 'affectionate' love and 'sacrificial/1 Corinthians 13:1-13 love.
TEXT REVIEW : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13* "- "NO SUBSTITUTE
The following are not substitute for charitable love:
i. Speaking in tongues of men and angels Vs. 1
ii. Gift of prophecy. Vs. 2
iii. Understanding of mysteries. Vs 2
iv. All knowledge. Vs 2
v. All faith. Vs 2
vi. Welfare grace or philanthropy. Vs 3
vii. Sacrifice of body. Vs 3
Those who claim to have genuine love based on the above parameters had better understood that their bases for love was

NOTHING Vs 2 and Vs 3. They are "nothing" because:
i. Prophecy will fail. Vs 8
ii. Speaking in tongue will cease. Vs 8
iii. Knowledge shall vanish away. Vs 8
The true and lasting thing which does not fail is charity. Therefore, those who do not want to fail should embrace charity Vs 9-10
LESSON OUTLINE 1: ”STORGE" AFFECTIONATE LOVE.
i. Greek word translate "storge" as Affectionate love .
ii. It is a familiar love that must be practically shown among couples, children and extended family members. Gen.
13:8-9, Ruth 1:16
iii. It is the care and concern that binds families together and which fosters unity against all odds. Gen. 14: 14-16; 34:1-7, 25-27; Exodus 2: 2-8
iv. It strengthens the family ties during suffering and heartache 1 Sam. 1:4-8.
v. It is the supportive love which must be demonstrated in the lines of losses or victory, failure, or success, sickness or sound health, sadness and joy, disappointment or achievement, etc. Luke 8:41-42, 49-55.
vi. It is a love that builds up trust and safety in marriage.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: What is the relevance of "storge" to marriage?
LESSON OUTLINE 2: "AGAPE" SACRIFICIAL/CHARITABLE LOVE
i. Agape describes love that comes from God who is God of love..
ii. God demonstrates his love to sinners by allowing the Lord Jesus to die for us. Rom. 5:8
iii. When a man truly loves God and holds on to his God and despises others such man has demonstrated Agape love. Matt. 6:24.
iv. A husband who truly loves his wife as Christ loves the church is said to exhibit Agape love. Eph. 5:25-31.
v. Agape love is unconditional love which stands and remains when other types of love quits, and when there is no reason to do so.
vi. Agape love is described as charitable love. 1 Cor. 13:1-13.
vii. Agape love still continues despite the shortcomings or faults of our mates.
vii. Agape love gives sacrificially and holds the couple together till death do them part. 1 John 3:16; John 13:1.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Identity the characteristics of Agape love.

SUMMARY :
"Storge" is affectionate "Agape" is charitable.
CONCLUSION :
A marriage without the presence and commitment of Storge (support and care) and Agape love may be on the express lane to heartbreak.
EVALUATION :
Mention four (4) characteristics of "storge" and "Agape" each.
CLOSING PRAYER :
Father, help couples to love each other to the end.
ASSIGNMENT :
Differentiate in five (5) points between "storge" and "Agape".


SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I'll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord's day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?

Reference: RCCG Sunday School Teacher's Manual, Lesson Nineteen (19) , 2018/2019 Edition.

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