Testimony Tuesday

News Flash: You Married a Sinner (Testimony Tuesday)

Once in a while, it’s nice to hear other voices in this space.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Elisabeth Elliot (for those of you who haven’t already heard of her). She shares, in her candid yet charming way, a bit of wisdom that I’ve carried with me in my young marriage.It’s shielded us from many unnecessary arguments.

May it be an encouragement to you as well.

…Who is it you marry? You marry a sinner. There’s nobody else to marry.

That ought to be obvious enough, but when you love a man as you love yours, it’s easy to forget. You forget it for a while and then when something happens that ought to remind you, you find yourself wondering what’s the matter, how could this happen, where did things go wrong?

They went wrong back in the Garden of Eden. … Acceptance of [your husband] — all of him — includes acceptance of his being a sinner. He is a fallen creature, in need of the same kind of redemption all the rest of us are in need of….
~Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman

Or, as a good friend of mine likes to say, “When you love somebody, you love ALL of them.”

How do you handle moments in your marriage when your spouse acts less-than-saintly? I’d love to hear your marriage advice in the comments below.