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00709 - Two Good Forgivers

Ruth Graham Bell, wife of the renowned evangelist Billy Graham, once remarked, "A good marriage is the union of two good forgivers." This insightful statement encapsulates the essence of forgiveness within the context of marriage, emphasising its crucial role in fostering harmony and resilience.

Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) provides a guiding principle for forgiveness in relationships: "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." This great verse underscores the importance of extending grace and compassion toward one another, mirroring God's forgiveness toward us.

Forgiveness in marriage involves humility, empathy, and a commitment to reconciliation. It requires letting go of resentment and choosing to see each other through eyes of love and understanding. Couples can overcome conflicts, deepen their bond, and experience the transformative power of God's grace in their relationship by cultivating a culture of forgiveness within the marital union.


The best marriages are found where love and forgiveness are at the centre.


Father, thank You for the marriage union; help me grow in love and forgiveness. Amen.

Action Point

When did you last do something spontaneous for the one you love?

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(NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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