I just started reading Paul Tripp's new book, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage. I've been really helped by some of Tripp's other material, so I was eager to check out his insights on the subject of marriage.
Chapter 1 certainly did not disappoint. Here's a quote that especially grabbed my attention:
When your ears hear and your eyes see the sin, weakness, or failure of your husband or wife, it is never an accident; it is always grace. God loves your spouse, and He is committed to transforming him or her by His grace, and He has chosen you to be one of his regular tools of change. So He will cause you to see, hear and experience your spouse's need for change so that you can be an agent of His rescue.
What a difference such a perspective would make on the daily difficulties of living so intimately with another sinner!