God designed marriage as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman for their mutual joy, the good of society, and the procreation of children. Marriage ultimately displays the glory and grace of God by picturing the unbreakable relationship between Christ and his church.
The more difficult issues a couple can talk through before marriage, the better.
Rock-solid commitment in marriage is the best soil for the long-term flourishing of tender affections.
At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for, and protect women in ways appropriate to a man's differing relationships. At the hear of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive, and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman's differing relationships.
“God gets glory when two very different and very imperfect people forge a life of faithfulness in the furnace of affliction by relying on Christ.” —John Piper
A digest from Desiring God