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He Wanted A New Name

Names Love (Divine) Love (Uncondtional)

Source: "Most Outrageous Name Changes"by Stephanie Morrow, College Professor, March 2009

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-18

Scripture: 1 John 4:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Stephanie Morrow, in an article on the legalities of changing one's name, relates the following story:

... a Vietnam teen received the right to legally change his name from Mai Phat Sau Nghin Ruoi, which translates to "Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred." Named after the fine his father had to pay for having a fifth child, Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred's dad finally agreed to help him change his name to something more traditional after his son continued to be teased in school. Fined Six Thousand and Five Hundred's new name is Mai Hoang Long, which translates to Golden Dragon.

 

APPLICATION

A name, if it is given any meaning, should reflect something positive about the one holding it. Unfortunately, this father chose to give his son a name that reflected his own misgivings about his birth. The name he chose made it clear that it was all about how his son made him feel.

Although we don't use names this way in the West, we do tend to think of others in terms of how they make us feel. This marks one of the biggest differences between the way we love others and the way God loves us. When God calls us His "beloved," it's not because we have done anything to make Him feel that way. It's because He loves us, no matter how we make Him feel.

"This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

The Company Betting $10K Your Marriage Fails

Marriage Motivation Love (Uncondtional)

Source: "Meet the company betting up to $10K on your marriage," by Zack Guzman | CNBC, Feb 12, 2016

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: 1 John 4:19 ; 1 Corinthians 13:7

Author: Rod Crowell
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Zack Guzman reports:

Seattle-based SwanLuv (named after the eternal bond of mating swans in the wild) is offering up to $10,000 to couples looking for a little extra cash to spend on their wedding — with just one catch: Should a couple take the money and wind up getting divorced in the future they will have to pay back the wedding gift — with interest. 

Co-founder Scott Avy told CNBC that demand from couples looking to take the bet ahead of the company's official launch February15 has been so overwhelming that he had to upgrade his servers. The idea with this financial carrot-that-turns-into-a-stick-later is simple: to motivate couples financially to work out their problems rather than bail. With the average cost for a wedding in 2014 heading northward of $31,000, the idea has growing appeal!

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The only problem is, it's the wrong motivation.  Studies have shown a correlation between the more couples spend on their wedding and a heightened risk of divorce.

Guzman adds:

One such study by two Emory University economists found the hazard for divorce to be 3.5 times higher for women spending more than $20,000 on a wedding than those spending just $5,000 to $10,000.

We're sinners, so merely throwing money into the mix won't help.  We need love that won't quit, and only God can supply it: "We love because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19).  You can't buy that kind of love because it's a gift from the One who sent His Son to pay for our sins on the Cross--before any of us were even alive to know or care about it!  Only this love, humbly received and then freely given to others, has staying power that "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Puppy Love

Commitment Love (Uncondtional) Relationships

Source: "I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies" by Shona Sibary, DAILY MAIL, Published: 16:30 EST, 27 August 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-09-26

Scripture: Romans 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Shoan Sibary has confessed to the DAILY MAIL, "I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies"

Indeed, she has given away four dogs in four years.

She writes:

I’m a serial dogamist. In the early stages of the relationship I’m head over heels. I attend all the puppy classes. I don’t even begrudge picking up dog poo.

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my new canine companion. But the moment things get complicated and they develop a problem, I don’t covet a dog-free existence like any other sane person might. Instead, I start wondering if there is another, more suitable dog out there.

Maybe one that is less bouncy, less barky, less inclined to moult everywhere. And so the new search begins and I cannot rest until I have found a replacement puppy to lie adoringly at my feet.

APPLICATION

Isn’t every commitment like a puppy waiting to turn into a real dog? We begin our commitments with enthusiasm and anticipation, until responsibility kicks in. Everybody loves the puppy stage, but every puppy eventually becomes a real dog.

The French proverb, "You need to not only want what you want, you need to want what your want leads to,” finds perfect application here. Real love, committed love, not only wants what it wants, it wants what that want leads to.

Love that fades with effort is puppy love. Love that fulfills its obligations is real love.

Don’t discard your relationships when someone starts molting!

To enjoy long-term committed relationships we must accept the long-term responsibilities that come with them.

Bottom line: A mature relationship involves a real dog.

"Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good" (Romans 12:9, NLT).

Teen Orphan Finds A Home

Adoption Acceptance Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-16

Scripture: Ephesians 1:5 ; Galatians 4:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Paying For Your Big Mac With Love

Love (Uncondtional) Love (Divine) Redemption

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-04

Scripture: Romans 8:35 ; John 15:13

Author: Rowena Lindsay (CSM) / Illustration Exchange
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Will Franklyn, Your Father Loves You

Love (Uncondtional) Shame Abuse

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-14

Author: Annonymous / Illustration Exchange
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Religious Fatwa Turned On Its Head

Enemies Love (Uncondtional) Transformation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-08-18

Scripture: Romans 5:10 ; Matthew 5:44

Author: Jim Denison / Illustration Exchange
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Jesus' Burden Is Light

Rest Expectations Love (Uncondtional)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 0000-00-00

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If You Pay For Anything, You Pay for Everything

Grace Works Salvation Atonement

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-06-07

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8 ; Romans 11:6

Author: Allen Snapp
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George Wilson Must Die

Grace Condemnation Pardon

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; Colossians 2:14

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