Billy Graham's Devotion: Forgiveness in Marriage (1 John 1:9) - June 20

By Billy Graham - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association On June 20, 2013

Billy and Ruth Graham at Wheaton College.(Photo:BGEA)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
-1 John 1:9

 

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It is unfortunate in a marriage if there is an array of sordid memories of past sins on the part of either partner. If young people could only realize that a happy marriage depends not only on the present, but upon the past, they would be more reluctant to enter into loose, intimate relations with anyone and everyone. Many a marriage has been imperiled by the backlash of past sins, which were not just confessed, but "found out." 

As to the necessity of confessing past sins to one's mate, I don't think it is always advisable or necessary. I have known of homes that were wrecked by such confessions. The main thing is to confess any past wrongs to God, resolve to be true to your marriage vows; and absolve the black past by a spotless present.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY

Thank You for forgiving and forgetting the past. Help me to do the same, Lord.

 

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