A Key to a Long Marriage

My wife and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.  We have been reading John Piper’s book, “This Momentary Marriage” out loud to each other (which you can read for free here). We recently read chapter 4, which is entitled, “Forgiving and Forbearing.” We both agree that this is one of the most important facets to a long marriage. Piper writes, …

So husbands, sink your roots by faith into Christ through the gospel until you become a more merciful person. Wives, sink your roots by faith into Christ through the gospel until you become a more merciful person. And then treat each other out of this tender mercy with kindness. The battle is with our own unmerciful inner person. Fight that battle by faith, through the gospel, in prayer. Be stunned and broken and built up and made glad and merciful because you are chosen, holy, loved (p. 56).

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