love is kind….” What’s interesting about this passage is that in the original Greek it contains 15 verbs that help define what love does and does not do. Love is a verb, it is action, dynamic life-giving force. The Greek word used for love here is agape, love that has no possessiveness about it; it is not a desire for satisfaction but rather it wants to satisfy the other. The supreme instance of agape is, of course, God. Our love for one another must imitate God’s boundless, unconditional love for us. So, a second bit of advice for the journey is that it needs to be impelled by love, by selfless, self-giving actions toward the other. Anything less and the marriage is unlikely to reach its destination.
A NEW WAY OF JOURNEYING
But in return, God promises to walk along with them, even in the darkest valleys of life. The couple know that they’re in for a long journey, and that the destination of their marriage is a long, long way off. But the vow to walk the journey together is now part of their destiny as christians, it has radically changed the quality of their Christian journey, because now they won’t be walking it alone, but with someone who will call out of them their true nature as an image of God, as someone who is meant for selfless love. They each have someone to walk with them, especially in the difficult times when you can walk only by faith and not by sight.