“What would happen if I crossed your path tomorrow morning? Would I encounter someone who was an alert and thankful observer of answered prayer, someone who in a pronounced way was grateful for God’s many mercies?
We want to continue throughout the day expressing gratefulness for the innumerable manifestations of God’s grace. It’s as if God is placing sticky-notes in our lives everywhere. How alert and perceptive of them are you?
Are you a thankful observer of the countless indications of His provision, His presence, His kindness, and His grace? An ungrateful person is a proud person. If I’m ungrateful, I’m arrogant.
And if I’m arrogant, I need to remember God doesn’t sympathize with me in that arrogance; He is opposed to the proud. Let each of us recognize every day that whatever grace we receive from God is so much more than we’re worthy of, and indescribably better than the hell we all deserve.”
–C.J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness (New York: Multnomah, 2005), 71.
“If there’s anything in life that we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don’t mean passionate only about sharing it with others. I mean passionate about thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world. Only one thing can be of first importance to each of us. And only the gospel ought to be.”
–C. J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life(Sisters, OR.: Multnomah, 2002), 20-1.
“Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and acceptance by God through obedience to God.”
–C. J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah, 2002), 25.
“My marriage will not grow as it should if I do not attend to it consistently. Under God’s loving sovereignty, I– not my wife– am the keeper of the garden that is my marriage. This is the very heart of what it means to be the God-appointed leader in my home.
Scripture is clear: The husband is responsible for leading and cultivating romance in the marital relationship. If it is led by the wife, or by no one, that love will take a different, lesser character. It will not be a love that accurately reflects the relationship between Christ and the Church. It will not be God’s highest and best for you as a couple. It will not bring appropriate glory to God. It will not produce that kind of passion and intimacy reserved for Christian couples seeking to live for God’s glory in all things.
Don’t let this happen in your marriage. Or if it has already happened, it’s not too late. By God’s grace, you can fix it. This book tells you how. Study your wife. Find what specific practices will most effectively communicate your romantic passion for her. Locations, activities, settings, restaurants, vacation spots, romantic overnight getaways– learn what she loves, and make the sacrifices necessary to serve and romance her.”
–C. J. Mahaney, Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2004), 52-3.
“There is still much we can and should be learning about that unique and precious woman who is our wife, that gift from God to whom we have pledged our lifelong devotion. There are two primary ways we can learn: by studying her and by asking her questions.
If you have children living in the home, then of all the questions you could ask her, this one is especially revealing: Do you feel more like a mother or a wife?”
–C. J. Mahaney, Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2004), 29.
“All Christian marriages are intended ultimately to point to that greater reality. The final, glorious purpose of Christian marriage is to witness to the relationship between Christ and the Church.”
–C. J. Mahaney, Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2004), 25.