27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
“To fail to love my wife and kids rightly in the name of loving other people rightly is a sham.”
Brady Bobbink in Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, p. 45.
“You will never find a spouse who is not affected in some way by the reality of the Fall. If you can’t respect this spouse because he/she is prone to certain weaknesses, you will never be able to respect any spouse.”
Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage, p. 69.
“If my wife is more aware of where she falls short in my eyes than she is of how I am witnessing evidences of God’s grace in her journey of progressive sanctification, then I am a legalistic husband, akin to a Pharisee. Giving respect is an obligation, not a favor; it is an act of maturity, birthed in a profound understanding of God’s grace.”
Gary Thomas, Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make us Holy More than to Make us Happy?, p. 57.
“The ultimate purpose [of marriage] is to obey God, to find aid and counsel against sin; to call upon God; to seek, love, and educate children for the glory of God; to live with one’s wife in the fear of God and to bear the cross; but if there are no children, nevertheless to live with one’s wife in contentment; and to avoid all lewdness with others.”
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”