There are so many divorces happening today. Even young couples--even Christian couples--are getting divorced after just a few years together.
And it makes viewers, like the one that just asked renowned evangelist Billy Graham, if they should even try to get married. The high rate of marriage failure really breeds a lot of fear.
But Billy Graham, who himself was married to his wife, Ruth, for over 50 years, has some really powerful advice to give in his latest column. He begins by encouraging the listener that God truly wants people to have a loving, lasting marriage.
"I’m thankful you want your marriage to last – because this desire will be an important part of being sure it will last! Far too many couples, I’m afraid, enter marriage casually or thoughtlessly," Graham shares.
"But God gave marriage to us, and His perfect plan is for it to be a lifelong commitment of the husband and wife to each other. Jesus said, 'Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate' (Matthew 19:6)," he continues.
Graham then teaches about the foundation of a strong marriage: a living, growing relationship with Jesus.
"And that’s why the most important step you can take is to commit your relationship – and your whole lives – to Jesus Christ. God loves you, and He knows what is best for you."
"If it is His will for you and your girlfriend to marry, then you can be confident that He always will be with you and will help you. God is more concerned about your future than you are, and He wants your marriage to be a lifelong source of joy and security and peace," encourages the 98 year old evangelist.
But then Graham shares a very strong caution about the greatest killer of a marriage--selfishness--and how to avoid it.
"How can you build a strong marriage? First, make prayer and the Bible part of your daily lives. When problems arise, pray about them and seek God’s will. Second, respect your spouse, and make it your goal to serve each other and not just yourselves."
"Never forget: the greatest enemy of love is selfishness. The Bible says, 'Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her' (Ephesians 5:25)," concludes Graham.
Can you imagine if every spouse really thought to consider the needs of their partner and put them first? And also read God's Word and prayed for His help and guidance? Imagine how great marriages would be and how much children would be blessed because of it!
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