It’s important for Christians to build their marriage on the foundation of God to avoid the danger of divorce, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote. Responding to a question posted to “My Answers” on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website, the 97-year-old evangelical leader said that first and foremost, a marriage should be built upon a relationship with God.

“The most important thing you can do is to build your marriage on God and His will for your lives. As my wife used to say, a strong marriage actually needs to include three people: the husband, the wife – and God,” Graham writes. It is important Christians view marriage as a gift from God, rather than a legal contract or cultural convenience, Graham continues.

“Remember: marriage isn’t just a social convenience or a legal custom. Marriage comes from God, and it is one of His greatest gifts to us. When times of stress or disappointment come (and they will), remember that God brought you together, and you made your marriage vows not only to each other but also to Him,” Graham writes. READ MORE