||God created families–every human being was created in His image. Sin ruined His plan, but through Christ’s death, He opened the possibility for reconciliation and restoration. Because of God’s love, mercy, and sacrifice for us, we strive to strengthen, rebuild, restore, and reconcile families to God’s image.
Though difficulties, perplexities, and discouragements may arise, let neither husband nor wife harbor the thought that their union was a mistake or a disappointment. Determine to be all that it is possible to be to each other. Continue the early attentions. In every way encourage each other in fighting the battles of life. Study to advance the happiness of each other. Let there be mutual love, mutual forbearance. Then marriage, instead of being the end of love, will be as it were the very beginning of love.
--Ellen G. White MH 360