Just another example of why God hates divorce. People will not put several hours’ worth of time into premarital counseling or preparation classes; but then watch what happens when one of them wants to be unfaithful, use drugs, porn or alcohol in front of the children, etc. Lots of energy available on the back end.
Two words: long engagements.
Also: meet the parents, visit them at least monthy while dating and court for a long time before ever dreaming of having sex.
There are so many superficial people today. What does the partner really think about the old fashioned kind of commitments in which marriage was centered? And about the desires of God, in which marriage promises between believers are rooted? It matters far less that you’re both interested in dogs, rock and roll, etc. than that you both believe marriage is rooted in a promise, not just between people but from God, that is fundamentally worth keeping.
“Two words: long engagements.
Also: meet the parents, visit them at least monthy while dating and court for a long time before ever dreaming of having sex.”
Awesome post. My future brother/sister in laws had about 200 years (combined) of marriage, with ZERO divorces. I knew my future wife would place a high value on marriage, if only to not be the spoiler.
...obviously with that record, she wasn’t born in the US (nor were her siblings).