Jesus says the greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. I may have a pretty good idea what #3 is*:
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I’m pretty good.
I don’t say that as a brag. In a weird way, I mean that to point out something I lack: true gratitude for the grace and forgiveness I’ve received through Christ. I’d bet your experience is much like mine. Many of the most passionate Christians I know are those who were some of the worst sinners before they knew Jesus. The gratitude they have for the forgiveness they’ve received, and the work that Christ has done to bring them from where they used to be is powerful. I don’t have that.
Different churches have different forms of wedding ceremony. In some, the groom repeats lines like these:
I take you to be my wife;
and I promise,
before God and these witnesses,
to be your loving and faithful husband;
in plenty and in want;
in joy and in sorrow;
in sickness and in health;
as long as we both shall live.
In others, the pastor asks a series of questions and the groom answers, “I will.”
Will you have this woman to be your wife, to live together in holy matrimony?
Will you love her, comfort her, honor her, and keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?
Some weddings have the participants write their own vows.
Regardless of the precise wording there is one noticeable absence. No “if”s. Continue reading