We are, by God’s grace, still happily married, but I am often confronted with the extent of our foolishness in those early days. Like every married couple, we have faced unfulfilled expectations, disappointments, and unmet needs. At minimum, we could have better anticipated these with Paul Tripp’s What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage Crossway.
A marriage of two people serving their own kingdoms will eventually end in bloody battle. But when both people submit to God’s kingdom, where Christ reigns and where joy and life are found, marriage becomes an “opportunity to exit the small space of the kingdom of self and to begin to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the kingdom of God.” Relational change comes only when our worship is properly aligned with the God who pursues our hearts.
What Did You Expect? is fundamentally about the transforming power of grace, offered to anyone who has reached the end of themselves.
Read the whole article A Grace-filled Engagement | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.