It’s Not Heaven, but It’s Close: Thoughts on Marriage
Knit your hearts with an unslipping knot.
—William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Even if marriages are made in Heaven, man has to be responsible for the maintenance.
—James C. Dobson (1936– )
Marriage is an adventure, not an achievement.
—David A. Seamands
Success in marriage is much more than finding the right person: It is a matter of being the right person.
—Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
We should apply love as God intended for it to be applied—with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind (Matthew 22:37-39). That means to be truly concerned. It’s not saying, “I love you,” and then walking off and forgetting people in need. It’s not saying, “Be warmed and filled,” but not giving them the things they need when it’s in your power to help (James 2:16; Proverbs 3:28). Love without physical application is like faith without works, which is dead (James 2:26). Show real love by putting kind deeds to your kind words (1 John 3:18).
—David Brandt Berg
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