When a man and a woman love each other, that thing between them, that bond that doesn’t let them walk away, that’s God. He’s the third part, uniting them, drawing them to one another even when they’d rather cut and run …
That’s why we can hurt one another so badly and then forgive and love again, because God’s changed all the rules and redefined the parameters - it’s His way of doing things.
That’s what marriage is - it’s showing the world how God loves. It’s public and accountable but it’s also passionate and private.
It’s that third thing that knits us all together, that makes sacrifice simple and heroism the new normal. It’s Him that makes a you and a me into an us.
That’s why nothing else in the world is like it. That’s why it feels so powerful and so beautiful and so terrifying, because it’s Him."
i’m a person who often wants physical affection but is also very uncomfortable and particular about physical contact
When a man comes to Christ, he goes from having a spirit of conquest, to having a spirit of cultivation. He no longer is seeking new lands to have for himself, he is taking care of the lands that Christ has already won; producing fruit that brings glory to God.
He doesn’t rule his wife and family, he helps them grow. He doesn’t subdue his friends and co-workers, he plants seeds within their hearts to see the goodness of God.
Jesus takes the sword from our hands and puts us to work into the field, giving back to us that which was lost; life."