Longevity in Marriage?

I’ve been asked what has been the key to any longevity in marriage. Thankfully Debbie and I celebrate our 40th anniversary today. The general answer I’ve given is always the same: “Obedience to Christ and His Word found in the Bible is the key.”

Proof of this conviction I held can be found in a letter I wrote in 1981, when I was only 22 years old, a few years as a Christian, and less than a year in my marriage, or maybe even in the earlier weeks of January 1981 before Deb and I got married.

Read it and you will see that God got a hold of that young man, who grew up in sin and dysfunction, saved me and has been working to conform me to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
I’m still a work in progress…a sinner saved by His grace. As the song says, “He’s still working on me…”

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