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Expressing Love     Ruth 1:11–13a, 15-18; 2:2-3 11-12
(HCSB)      Aug. 19, 2012


Introduction

Some people express love as one fool thing after another or what a young man’s thought

turns to in Spring but what a young lady thinks about all year long. Love is not easily defined but when you have it you know it. I love my wife more today than I did in earlier years but I loved her back then also. Today our love can be enjoyed just by being together. There are many ways to express love.


 

1.   Expressing Love through A . . Sacrificial Expression of Love. Ruth 1:11-13a

11 But Naomi replied, “Return home, my daughters. Why do you want to go with me? Am I able to have any more sons who could become your husbands?

12 Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons,

13 would you be willing to wait for them to grow up?

 

       A.   Naomi Made A . . Sacrificial Expression of Love.

11 But Naomi replied, “Return home, my daughters. Why do you want to go with me? Am I able to have any more sons who could become your husbands?

       12 Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there

       was still hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons,

 

       B.   Naomi Made A . . Sensible Plea and Sacrificial Expression of Love.

       13 would you be willing to wait for them to grow up?

 

       One of the best examples of love is this story of Naomi and Ruth. Naomi thought of Ruth more than she did of herself. Obviously she could have benefitted from Ruth’s companionship on the trip back to Bethlehem but she urged her to go back to her people. Not only did she plea in a sacrificial manner but with a mature and sensible reasoning. The things Naomi said seem to be well thought out and just flat out made good sense. A difference might be from a spiritual dimension that Ruth brought into the thinking.


 

2.   Expressing Love through A . . Statement of Commitment. Ruth 1:15-17

       A.   Naomi Made A Statement that Reasoned from the . . Head. 1:15

      15 Naomi said, “LOOK, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her god.

      Follow your sister-in-law.”

 

       B.   Ruth Made A Statement that Reasoned from the . . Heart. 1:16-17

      16 But Ruth replied: Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For

      wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my

      people, and your God will be my God.

      17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Yahweh punish me, and do so

      severely, if anything but death separates you and me.


      We can make the judgement that Naomi reasoned from the head. She brought into the discussion Ruth’s sister in-law and her decision to return to her people and not proceed farther into Israel. It made sense to Naomi for Ruth to return to Moab. Naomi’s religious convictions did not make a major contribution to her reasoning. Ruth reasoned from her heart. Some of the most beautiful words to express love are spoken by Ruth. No doubt you have heard them used at weddings.


 

3.   Expressing Love through the . . Substantiation of Love. Ruth 1:18; 2:2-3

       A.   Naomi . . Realized the Substantiation of Ruth’s Love. 1:18

       18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped trying to persuade her.

 

       B.   Ruth Substantiated Her Love by . . Requesting Naomi’s Approval of Her Thoughts. 2:2-3

       2 Ruth the Moabitess asked Naomi, “Will you let me go into the fields and gather fallen grain behind

       someone who allows me to?” Naomi answered her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”

       3 So Ruth left and entered the field to gather grain behind the harvesters. She happened to be in the portion

       of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family.


       You can substantiate your love in many ways and there comes a time when the person you want to convince believes you without question. Probably 20 years ago I asked my wife, “Do you think I love you?” She pleased me by responding, “Jim I know you love me but you need to be more kind in your actions sometimes.” We have been married this month for 52 years. Somewhere along the line we both convinced the other one and proved the substantiation of our love for one another. This verse tells us Naomi was convinced and quit try to change Ruth’s mind. Ruth also further proved her love through her submission to her mother in-law as she requested her approval.


 

4.   Expressing Love and Receiving the . . Satisfaction of Love. Ruth 2:11-12

       A.   Ruth’s Actions to Naomi . . Indicated the Satisfaction of Love. 2:11 

       11 Boaz answered her, “Everything you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband’s death has

       been fully reported to me: how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and how you

       came to a people you didn’t previously know.

 

       B.   Boaz . . Imploring to the Lord Marked A Satisfaction of Love. 2:12 

       12 May the LORD reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the LORD

       God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”


       Boaz was very impressed by the way Ruth satisfied Naomi in all of her ways. The people of town noticed this behavior and it was indicated to Boaz through the people of town. He implored the Lord for His blessings to flow on her. This resulted in several actions that brought the satisfaction of Love. This story certainly is a

time of Expressing Love . Amen? Amen!