The Miracle and Joy of Marriage

“I said ‘I do,’ and I still do. The ‘I do’ of marriage is always in the present tense until the Lord Jesus says otherwise. ‘I do’ is never ‘I did at the time.’ ‘I do’ is always present tense. ‘I do’ travels through space and time to whatever condition the married couple finds themselves in and says, ‘I still do, I always do, and whenever the enemy burns down these battlements, I shall remain’ “–Evan Welcher.

“It’s our job to be faithful to respond to the brokenness of culture with an eye for the Creator’s original intent”–Gabe Lyons.

“[God] instituted marriage to propagate the human race within a nuclear community of mutual love, fidelity and permanence, and to mirror His relationship to His people. Without marriage, families fragment and vulnerable children are born without godly homes to nourish them”–Bruce Waltke.

“A marriage may begin with normal, human, romantic love, but it must grow deeper into the spiritual agape [sacrificial, serving love] love that comes only from God”–Warren Wiersbe.

“Love is not something you think or talk about–love is something you do. You will not build a great marriage on romance and moonlight. You will build it on commitment. This takes the mystery and myth out of it, the cheap sentimentality and irrationality. Love is an art that is learned and a discipline that is practiced”–Ron Herrod.

” ‘At last!’ the man exclaimed. ‘This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from ‘man.’ This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one”–Genesis 2:23-24, NLT.

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