The Meaning of Marriage

 

The Meaning of Marriage

 

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Marriage does not so much bring you into confrontation with your spouse as confront you with yourself.

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One of the most basic skills in marriage is the ability to tell the straight, unvarnished truth about what your spouse has done—and then, completely, unself-righteously, and joyously express forgiveness without a shred of superiority, without making the other person feel small.

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What we should say to each other on our wedding day is, “As great as you look today, someday you will stand with me before God in such beauty that it will make these clothes look like rags.”

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In the dance of the Trinity, the greatest is the one who is most self-effacing, most sacrificial, most devoted to the good of the Other.

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Both women and men get to “play the Jesus role” in marriage—Jesus in his sacrificial authority, Jesus in his sacrificial submission. By accepting our gender roles, and operating within them, we are able to demonstrate to the world concepts that are so counter-intuitive as to be completely unintelligible unless they are lived out b... View Quote


The tender, serving authority of a husband’s headship and the strong, gracious gift of a wife’s submission restore us to who we are meant to be at creation.

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