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global empowerment coach | spiritual mentor &  trainer psychic | author | artist | founder consciousness coaching®

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“The Power of Love”— Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Mar


The Sermon by the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding stole the show.  

Those inspiring words reached into the hearts of billions, igniting a fire in their souls and reminding us all about the power of LOVE. Below I have shared the full sermon as it was delivered. 

Song of Songs 8:6-7 i And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:6-7 The late Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. once said and I quote: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.” There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There’s power – power in love. If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Oh there’s power – power in love. Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved, and you know it, when someone cares for you, and you know it, when you love and you show it – it actually feels right. There’s something right about it. There is something right about it. And there’s a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love, and our lives were meant – and are meant – to be lived in that love. That’s why we are here. Ultimately the source of love is God himself: the source of all of our lives. There’s an old medieval poem that says, “Where true love is found, God himself is there.” The New Testament says it this way: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God.” Why? “For God is love.” (1 John 4:4-8) There’s power in love. There’s power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There’s power in love to show us the way to live. Set me as a seal on your heart… a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as death. ii But love is not only about a young couple. Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we’re all here. Two young people fell in love, and we all showed up! But it’s not just for and about a young couple, who we rejoice with. It’s more than that. Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses, and he went back and he reached back into the Hebrew scriptures, to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” And then in Matthew’s version, he added, he said: “On these two, love of God and love of neighbour, hang all the law, all the prophets, everything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world… love God, love your neighbours, and while you’re at it, love yourself.” Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world – and a movement mandating people to live that love, and in so doing to change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself! I’m talking about power. Real power. Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s Antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way. They sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity. It’s one that says “There’s a balm in Gilead…” a healing balm, something that can make things right. “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole," and one of the stanzas actually explains why. They said: “If you cannot preach like Peter, And you cannot pray like Paul, You just tell the love of Jesus, How he died to save us all.