Mercy is a part of the Church’s marriage inheritance. Christ betroths her to Him ‘in mercy’ (Hos. 2.19). The husband is bound to bear with the wife, as being the ‘weaker vessel’ (1 Pet. 3.7), and shall we think Christ will exempt Himself from His own rule, and not bear with His weak spouse?
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011), 58.