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The grace of God and the goodness of marriage

Tomorrow I have the opportunity to officiate a wedding ceremony. Everytime I prepare to do a wedding I think about the absolute necessity of God's grace over every marriage

Here are some quotes that I love to put in the ceremony. Enjoy! 

Thomas Watson 

“until sin be bitter Christ will not be sweet.” The same can be true of our marriage. Until sin be bitter marriage will not be sweet. 

Tim Keller

“Wedding vows are not a declaration of present love but a mutually binding promise of future love. A wedding should not be primarily a celebration of how loving you feel now—that can safely be assumed. Rather, in a wedding you stand up before God, your family, and all the main institutions of society, and you promise to be loving, faithful, and true to the other person in the future, regardless of undulating internal feelings or external circumstances.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.”

Song of Solomon 8.6

“Place me like a seal over your heart; like a seal on your arm; for your love is as strong as death”

Ephesians 5.22-33

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.