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The Search for the Perfect Man

Humor Romance Relationships

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-03-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Unknown
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Can you answer this riddle? The perfect man, the perfect woman, the tooth fairy and Santa Claus are all in a car accident. Who survives? 

Answer: The perfect woman. The other three don't exist!

APPLICATION

That doesn't stop women, the world over, from looking for him. But lost in the list of desirable characteristics posted on various women's websites and in magazines is the quality that makes all the difference.  The Bible suggests that what a woman ought to be looking for is not whether her dream man has a feminine side or rock hard abs, but whether he loves just like Jesus.

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). 

Choosing Love Over A Throne

Romance Love (Divine) Selfless

Source: Abdication, by Christopher Warwick, London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1986.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-02-12

Scripture: Philippians 2:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Touted as one of the great love stories of all time, the affair of King Edward VIII of England and Mrs. Wallis Simpson of the United States, has long been the subject of fascination by romantics the world over.  Many have looked to their relationship as an example of selfless romantic love. After all, what could be more selfless, more romantic than a king who leaves his throne for the woman he loves? 

Unfortunately, Edward was, in fact, a womanizer with a penchant for married women.  Wallis was a married woman already once divorced.  While the King did end his relationships with the other married women in his life (there were two others at the time of his first meeting Mrs. Simpson), this can hardly be deemed "selfless" love.  Nevertheless, his infatuation with Mrs. Simpson was persistent.  Faced with the prospect of his entire government resigning over his scandalous affair, King Edward decided he would rather retain relationship with his mistress than with his government. 

With these words King Edward VIII, on December 10, 1936, abdicated his throne in favor of "love," saying: "I, Edward the Eighth, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Emperor of India, do hereby declare My irrevocable determination to renounce the Throne for Myself and for My descendants, and My desire that effect should be given to this Instrument of Abdication immediately."

Regardless of the backstory, hopeless romantics still cling to the image of selfless sacrifice--a king willing to give up all for his beloved.

APPLICATION

If a royal love story of selfless sacrifice is what you're yearning, you need look no further than the pages of Scripture. There you will read of the King of the Universe who likewise relinquished His throne for love.  Only, in those pages, you'll not read any scandalous backstory.  You'll only read of the One who loved so purely, so deeply, that He was willing to give up all to gain relationship--eternal relationship--with those He loved.

Our challenge is to love even as He did. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:3-8).

A Leap Of Love

Romance Jesus' Love Repentance

Source: “Murrieta Woman Marries Man She Never Met at Ontario Airport”- by Jennifer Kastner CBS Local News, January 29, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-04-13

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ONTARIO (CBSLA.com) — Erica Harris of Murrieta has taking a leap of love.  She recently married a man she would meet for the first time in person at the Ontario International Airport. CBS2/KCAL9’s Jennifer Kastner interviewed Ms. Harris as she anxiously waited for her groom's flight to arrive.

“You don’t drag your feet with real love. You leap into that like there’s no tomorrow, and that’s what we’re doing,” Harris said in her blissful tone.

After spending months getting to know one another long distance, a romance blossomed.

Finally, the groom bought a one-way plane ticket and minutes after he landed, Vann dropped to a knee and popped the question.

She said yes.

So what was their advice to others who are looking for love?

“Don’t listen to your thoughts. Don’t listen to your head. Follow your heart. Follow your soul,”

Vann added:

“For anybody that doesn’t believe in fairy tales anymore, who am I? And it can happen to you too,” Harris said.

 

APPLICATION

Can you imagine becoming engaged when you first meet in person? What if you don't like the smell of his breath or she has "man hands" (a la Seinfeld)? You'd have to be pretty sure of the love you share to take such a leap.

But this is nothing to the Christian. Our engagement to Christ begins while He remains at a distance. And long before we meet, Jesus has already demonstrated His love for us by going to the cross to die for our sins. He is “true love.” Don’t drag your feet if you've yet to respond to Him. Leap at the chance like there’s no tomorrow!  And then join the millions who wait anxiously to meet their Bridegroom in person for the first time!

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).

The Missing Women of Ashley Madison

Romance Marriage Sexuality

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-21

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Ken and Barbie Together Again?

Relationships Romance Advice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-06-04

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Daniel And Susan Bakeman

Marriage Love (Divine) Romance

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2014-03-14

Scripture: Genesis 2:18 ; Matthew 19:5

Author: Neal Pollard
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The Science of Romantic Relationships

Romance Relationships God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-13

Scripture: Colossians 3:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Real Love Takes Responsibility

Commitment Romance Love (Human)

Contributed By: Rob Guevarra | Date Posted: 2013-02-11

Scripture: 1 John 4:10

Author: Rob Guevarra
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Lewis on Being in Love

Romance Love (Human) Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-09

Scripture: 1 John 4:7

Author: C.S. Lewis
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Spouse-Consciousness

Marriage Husbands Romance

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-09

Scripture: Ephesians 5:33

Author: Yue Wang (for TIME)
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