I love being married to my wife and this quote by Don Carson encouraged me to continue to love her as Christ loves the Church:
In God’s Word, marriage and love are for the tough minded. Marriage is a commitment; and, far from backing out when the going gets tough, marriage partners are to sort out their difficulties in the light of scripture. They are to hang in there, improving their relationship, working away at it, precisely because they have vowed before God and man to live together and love each other for better,m for worse, for richer, for poorer in sickness as in health, until death separates them. Love is the determined commitment to seek the other’s good, to cherish, shelter, nurture, edify, and show patience with one’s partner. And this commitment, worked out because of deep-rooted obedience to God, brings with it the emotional and sentimental aspects of love as well.
D.A Carson, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and His Confrontation with the World. Pg. 49
What do you find challenging/encouraging about this quote?