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Louie Giglio Shares Secrets to Long-Lasting Marriage

Louie Giglio Shares Secrets to Long-Lasting Marriage

By Movieguide® Contributor

Louie Giglio and his wife, Shelley, appeared on Sadie Robertson Huff’s podcast to offer advice on relationships that last after recently celebrating 37 years of marriage.

The Giglios believe that the most important component of a strong marriage is that the couple are the right people for each other.

“A lot of times people are already down the road going ‘Hey, we need some help. We need some marriage advice. Can you give us some good advice?’ And it’s like, you married the wrong person, so it’s going to be hard for me to give you advice at this point,” Louie told Huff.

While it may seem daunting to marry the “right” person, the Giglios believe that God will guide you to that person as long as you seek Him first.

“A lot of times, people are looking for what they think they want, but they’re not actually looking for the person that they need the most, which is Jesus. And I laugh when people say to me in relationships, ‘Well, you know, I didn’t meet the person I was going to marry until I really fell in love with Jesus.’ And I’m like, ‘Doesn’t that make sense, thought?’” Shelley said.

“Just make sure that you’re listening to God, that you are listening to your family, that you’re listening to the circle of spiritual influencers around you, and you’re listening to the people who love you enough to tell you the truth. And that’s going to help you make a decision to marry the right person,” Louie added.

Once the relationship starts, God needs to remain the central focus in each individual’s life, even as they grow closer as a couple. The Giglios shared that this is their relationship’s foundation and remains a defining factor 40 years after they started dating.

“I love Louie more every day, literally every day. I love him more, but I will never love him like I love Jesus. And he knows that, and he’s good with it. And I think that kind of makes the difference in what our relationship feels like,” Shelley said.

However, this does not mean couples should avoid entangling their lives. When a couple is brought together in matrimony, they become one; that oneness makes marriage unique.

“It can’t be ‘her purpose,’ and ‘his purpose,’ or ‘my purpose,’ and ‘your purpose,’” Louie explained. “At some point, there has to be ‘our purpose.’ And lots of different things can fold into that: different career moves, jobs, seasons, family can fold into that.

Ultimately, the Giglios believe one of these purposes has to be making God’s name known and doing so better than the couple can on their own.

“What is your purpose? Why are you getting married? And if it isn’t, because the two of us can more powerfully make the name of Jesus known, together, than the two of us separate, then, [I’m] not really sure,” Louie said.

Often, that ability to better spread the gospel comes from different strengths and personalities that the two people in a relationship bring to the table. The Giglios admit this is true for them, as they married “complete opposites.”

“I always say to people, you know, ‘I’m a good starter. Shelley is a phenomenal finisher. I’m and idea guy. Shelley is a let’s-figure-out-how-to-get-it-done-person,” Louie said.

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