Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat: Lofty principles cooperation, compassion, charity


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Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat: Lofty principles cooperation, compassion, charity

  1. 2. <ul><li>Lofty Principles: </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperation </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Charity </li></ul><ul><li>Some images had to be removed for copyright purposes. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Cooperation <ul><li>“ To work together in close association for a common goal” </li></ul>
  3. 4. We can understand cooperation from the Father and the Son.
  4. 5. <ul><li>“… My Father has been working until now, and I have been working” (John 5:17). </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>“ Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me” (John 16:32). </li></ul><ul><li>“ I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>“ It is not good </li></ul><ul><li>that man should be alone; </li></ul><ul><li>I will make him a </li></ul><ul><li> helper comparable </li></ul><ul><li> to him” </li></ul><ul><li>(Genesis 2:18). </li></ul>
  7. 8. Compassion <ul><li>“ A suffering with another; </li></ul><ul><li>hence, sympathy; </li></ul><ul><li>sorrow for the distress </li></ul><ul><li>or misfortune of another, </li></ul><ul><li>with the desire to help; </li></ul><ul><li>pity; commiseration.” </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>“ Compassion is the lifeblood of families. Failure of compassion is the ‘heart disease’ of a family’s emotional life.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Dr. Steven Stosney, </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Lord, teach me compassion by the touch of Thy hand and the tears on Thy face. </li></ul><ul><li>Lord, teach me compassion for the sick and the sinner of every tribe and race. </li></ul><ul><li>Lord, teach me compassion through the truth of Thy Testament, final and complete. </li></ul><ul><li>Lord, teach me compassion, that I may receive it one day, when Thee I shall meet. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Charity (Love) <ul><li>Varied: “Strong affection” … </li></ul><ul><li>“ A score of zero in tennis” </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>“ Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ephesians 5:22-25). </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>“ So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ephesians 5:28-29). </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband” </li></ul><ul><li>(Ephesians 5:33). </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>AGAPE </li></ul><ul><li>“ The highest form of love: </li></ul><ul><li>the kind that extends itself to others based upon the value </li></ul><ul><li>of the object of the love” </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>“ And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness” (Colossians 3:14). </li></ul>“ bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12).
  15. 16. <ul><li>“ Love is sacrificial action. </li></ul><ul><li>Love always pays a price. </li></ul><ul><li>Love always costs something. </li></ul><ul><li>Love is expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>When you love, benefits accrue to another’s account. </li></ul><ul><li>Love is for you, not for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Love gives; it doesn’t grab …” </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Simmons: </li></ul><ul><li>Dad, the Family Coach , pp. 123-124 </li></ul>
  17. 18. CHRIST- CENTERED MARRIAGE Commitment Communication Consideration Cooperation Compassion Charity
  18. 19. <ul><li>Wilferd A. Peterson: </li></ul><ul><li>A good marriage must be created. </li></ul><ul><li>In the marriage, the little things are big things … </li></ul>It is never being too old to hold hands.
  19. 20. <ul><li>It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>It is never going </li></ul><ul><li>to sleep angry. </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>It is standing together </li></ul><ul><li>facing the world. </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>It is forming a circle of love </li></ul><ul><li>that gathers in the whole family. </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>It is speaking </li></ul><ul><li>words of appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>and demonstrating </li></ul><ul><li>gratitude </li></ul><ul><li>in thoughtful ways. </li></ul>
  25. 26. <ul><li>It is having the capacity </li></ul><ul><li>to forgive and forget. </li></ul>
  26. 27. <ul><li>It is giving each other an atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>in which each </li></ul><ul><li>can grow. </li></ul>
  27. 28. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
  28. 29. <ul><li>It is not only marrying the right person; </li></ul><ul><li>It’s being the right person. </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>“ Good marriages </li></ul><ul><li>may be made in heaven, </li></ul><ul><li>but they have to be worked out </li></ul><ul><li>here on earth.” </li></ul>