Department

Seminary

Degree

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Chair

Homer Massey

Primary Subject Area

Religion, General; Religion, Clergy; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Psychology, General

Keywords

Agape, Applying love, Christian Marriage, Living Love, Love in marriage, Marriage Counseling

Disciplines

Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Counseling Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Religion

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis project is to show married couples, and those who want to be married how to live out God's love in their marriage. We will examine and explain four components of love; Feelings and Physical Love (Eros), Action and Service (Philia), Commitment and Covenant (Storge), and God's Love (Agape). We will show the biblical foundation for each of the four parts. The material used will come from the life experiences from couples of all types of marriages (new, successful, troubled, failing, divorced, separated, recovering, etc.). Much of the research will come from surveys of couples. Other research will come from authors, counselors, and researchers who have written on love, relationships, and marriages, etc. The practical use for this thesis is in a couples' ministry, a distressed marriage, premarital and marital counseling, or a couple looking to tune-up their marriage through understanding the principles of living out love in their marriage.