Billy Graham’s 4C’s of Marriage
Billy Graham shared these core principles on how to build a strong marriage in 1955 and these principles still hold true today. As a means to honoring his life’s work, we at Love and Grace Counseling want to share his words of wisdom on marriage. Billy Graham’s teachings and sermons will remain legendary resources for Christians to glean knowledge from for decades to come. He will undoubtedly be remembered for his unwavering commitment of evangelism to bring people to salvation through Christ Jesus. His evangelical efforts have been felt worldwide and will continue to impact our world for decades to come. Hopefully the simplicity of these 4 C’s can add to the enhancement of your marriage or be a guide for you and your spouse if your marriage is struggling.
The 4 Cs of Marriage
“I could say much about building a strong marriage—but I’ve sometimes summarized them in four simple points that might be easy to remember. Let me repeat them; each begins with the letter ‘C.’
First, Cherish. God gave you to each other; you are God’s gift to your spouse. Take time to express your love, both by your words and by little acts of thoughtfulness—a surprise gift, a special time away, a favorite dinner. Cherish your wife, and let her know she is important to you.
Second, Communicate. Let each other know what’s going on in your life at home or at work. Don’t clam up; don’t nag or only express yourself when you’re upset. The Bible says, ‘A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver’ (Proverbs 25:11).
Third, Compromise. The greatest enemy of love is our selfishness, but in marriage you can’t always have your own way, so learn to compromise with grace. The Bible says, ‘Love does not demand its own way’ (1 Corinthians 13:5, The Living Bible).
Finally, Christ. Make Christ the center of your lives and your marriage every day, by committing yourself to Him and His will. He is the solid foundation we need—in our lives, and in our marriages.”
Written by: Christy Billings, MS, LPC