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Headship is the divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christlike, servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence, p. 80

Husbands and wives, recognize that in marriage you have become one flesh. If you live for your private pleasure at the expense of your spouse, you are living against yourself and destroying your joy. But if you devote yourself with all your heart to the holy joy of your spouse, you will also be living for your joy and making a marriage after the image of Christ and His church.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: Desiring God, 1996, p. 178

If the ultimate meaning of marriage is to represent the unbreakable covenant-love between Christ and His church (Eph. 5:22-33), then no human being has a right to break a marriage covenant. When the impossible day comes that Christ breaks His vow, "I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20), then, on that day, a human being may break his marriage covenant.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence, p.168

Staying married, therefore, is not mainly about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant. "Till death do us part" or "As long as we both shall live" is a sacred covenant promise - the same kind Jesus made with His bride when He died for her.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence, p. 25

The wonder of marriage is woven into the wonder of the gospel of the cross of Christ, and the message of the cross is foolishness to the natural man, and so the meaning of marriage is foolishness to the natural man (1 Cor. 2:14).

    Author: John Piper
    Source: This Momentary Marriage - A Parable of Permanence, p. 29

When God stands as witness to the covenant promises of a marriage it becomes more than a merely human agreement. God is not a passive bystander at a wedding ceremony. In effect he says, I have seen this, I confirm it and I record it in heaven. And I bestow upon this covenant by My presence and My purpose the dignity of being an image of My own covenant with My wife, the church.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: Let None be Faithless to the Wife of his Youth, Sermon, Nov. 22, 1987

When we claim to love God with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, and then willfully choose to unite ourselves with an unbeliever in the most intimate personal union on earth we profane the holiness of God. We act as though our emotional drive for human intimacy is more important than affirming the preciousness of God's holiness and nearness.

    Author: John Piper
    Source: Let None be Faithless to the Wife of his Youth, Sermon, Nov. 22, 1987

According to the Bible, the marriage act is more than a physical act. It is an act of sharing. It is an act of communion. It is an act of total self-giving wherein the husband gives himself completely to the wife, and the wife gives herself to the husband in such a way that the two actually become one flesh.

    Author: Wayne Mack
    Source: Strengthening Your Marriage, 1999, p. 120

Becoming one flesh is a broad concept involving the totality of life. The context of Genesis 2 and the teaching of the rest of the Bible about marriage demand this. At the same time, it is generally recognized that there is no place where this total sharing is more beautifully pictured or fully experienced than in the sexual relationship of the man and his wife.

    Author: Wayne Mack
    Source: Strengthening Your Marriage, 1999, p. 119

Fifty-fifty marriages are an impossibility. They do not work. They cannot work. In marriage someone has to be the final decision maker. Someone has to delegate responsibility, and God has ordained that this should be the husband.

    Author: Wayne Mack
    Source: Strengthening Your Marriage, 1999, p. 37

Indeed, the marriage act is the symbol or culmination of a more complete oneness, of a total giving of yourself to another person. Consequently, if the more complete oneness is not a reality, sexual relations lose their meaning.

    Author: Wayne Mack
    Source: Strengthening Your Marriage, 1999, p. 6

It often happens that when couples get their relationship to God straightened out, their relationships with one another begin to straighten out as well.

    Author: Wayne Mack
    Source: Strengthening Your Marriage, 1977, p. 125.

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