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We Need Strong Marriages
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
Posted by: Ntl Center for Family Integrated Ch's | more..
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Marrying off your daughter causes many thoughts to flood your mind. One of those is the sweetness of marriage. The early church father, Tertullian expresses it beautifully,

"How shall we ever be able adequately to describe the happiness of that marriage which the church arranges,…upon which the blessing sets a seal, at which angels are present as witnesses, and to which the Father gives his consent?... How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts. Unembarrassed they visit the sick and assist the needy. They give alms without anxiety;…they perform their daily exercises of piety without hindrance…Psalms and hymns they sing to one another, striving to see which one of them will chant more beautifully the praises of their Lord. Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these he gives his peace."

See T.D. Barnes, Tertullian: A Historical and Literary Study (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), 242. Quoted in an article by Michael Haykin in Joel Beeke's book, Calvin for Today, in a chapter entitled, "Christian Marriage in the 21at Century: Listening to Calvin on the Purpose of Marriage."

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