Rick Warren

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A married person’s number one tool for being more Christ-like is their spouse, says evangelical pastor Rick Warren.

Warren, who oversees Saddleback Church in Southern California, said in a devotional this week that God has given people the gift of a spouse to help them perfect their character and make them closer to Him.

“God created marriage for the perfection of our character. It is in relationships that we learn to be unselfish and loving. And no relationship has greater impact on your life than marriage if you get married,” the pastor writes, noting in the devotional that this is true if someone chooses to marry.

Warren goes on to say that the purpose of life is to grow up and realize that “it’s not all about you,” and there’s no better way to live a selfless, loving life than through undying sacrifice for your spouse.

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