Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sacred Marriage: Some Thoughts

I recently started reading this book. The book isn't so much about making your marriage better, but about becoming a better Christian through your marriage (which in turn helps your marriage). In chapter 6, The Cleansing of Marriage, I found this quote interesting. When discussing how people run from their weaknesses, Gary Thomas says, "May I suggest an alternative to running? Use the revelation of your sin as a means to grow in the foundational Christian virtue of humility, leading you to confession and renouncement. Then go the next step and adopt the positive virtue that corresponds to the sin you are renouncing. If you've used women in the past, practice serving your wife. If you've been quick to ridicule your husband, practice giving him encouragement and praise."
He also quotes John Owen earlier in the book: "The person who understands the evil in his own heart is the only person who is useful, fruitful, and solid in his beliefs and obedience. Others only delude themselves and thus upset families, churches and all other relationships. In their self-pride and judgement of others, they show great inconsistency."

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