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The Only Desirable Marriage


Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
Then the King will desire your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.

—Psalm 45:10–11


Embrace Christ in the arms of your dearest love. Then you love the Lord Jesus Christ with sincerity, when you love and esteem him before father, mother, or all the delights and pleasures of this life. But if you do delight in anything that this world can produce, more than in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have not true love to him.

If you are espoused to Christ, you have acquaintance and converse with him. You will endeavour to promote his interest and advance his name in the world. When others are going to the polite and fashionable diversions of life, you will be labouring to bring honour to the Lord Jesus Christ. You will commend your beloved above all other beloveds and endeavour to bring others into love to him. Can you, my dear sisters, who are now assembled to worship God, show such evidence of your espousals unto the Lord Jesus Christ? O how joyful, how comfortable an estate is this! Surely this is a marriage worth seeking after. This is the only desirable marriage and the Lord Jesus Christ is the only lover that is worth seeking after.

—George Whitefield, “Christ the Best Husband; or, An Earnest Invitation to Young Women to Come and See Christ” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:114–115.

Posted 2018·11·13 by David Kjos
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