Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday's Quote: The Importance of God in Our Marriages

I'm still reading What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp, and in this quote, he stresses the importance of having a right relationship with God in order to have a good marriage.
When we resist change and complain about the daily difficulty of marital differences, we are not first moaning and groaning about the person we live with.  No, we are struggling with who God is and who God says we are.  The horizontal struggles are the fruit of vertical struggles between us and our Lord.   (p.215)
I remember having a similar conversation with my father when I was a child.  We reasoned that, if we loved God as we should with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, then we would love others as we should.  Then there would be no sin!  Of course, my childish heart followed things through to their logical and unattainable end, but it's still there.  If we loved God as we should, we would not sin against others.

What do you think?  How important is it to love God correctly in order to love your spouse as you should?

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