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Billy Graham Quotes on Life: 11 Memorable Statements from Evangelical Christian

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Throughout his years in ministry, the Rev. Billy Graham has spoken frequently on faith and how it is closely intertwined with life in terms of the context of everyday decisions and in terms of responding to the inevitable challenges that crop up.

Whether it be at one of his many crusades or in one of his writings, Graham had addressed such topics as the passage of time on earth, marriage, death and, of course, Christian living. Graham frequently has been cited for his oratory abilities, and the skill set has, over time, resulted in a number of memorable statements from the preacher.

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Perhaps one of the reasons Graham’s comments have resonated is because of his humility. While he speaks with authority, the reverend has, throughout his years in ministry, been willing to unveil his own human flaws.

1. This is well represented in this frequently circulated quote: “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'”

2. Graham also readily admits his own regrets, through the lens of life, in this passage: “Although I have much to be grateful for as I look back over my life, I also have many regrets. I have failed many times, and I would do many things differently. For one thing, I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family.”

3. While the reverend speaks often of his excitement toward a life in heaven, he also has addressed matters here on earth. When asked what his greatest surprise has been about life, Graham replied, “Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over.”

4. Throughout his years in ministry, Graham also has spoken unabashedly about mortality, in terms of his own thinking process and what death on earth means for a Christian. “Most of us, when we are young, think that we are never going to get old,” the preacher once stated. “I certainly admit feeling that way from time to time. I know my time on earth will not be over until He calls me home.”

5. In terms of ascending into heaven, Graham has viewed his earthly death as an opportunity to meet God. Additionally, he has viewed his own human mortality as a reunion of sorts. “I know that soon my life will be over,” Graham said in a recent interview. “I thank God for it, and for all He has given me in this life. But I look forward to heaven. I look forward to the reunion with friends and loved ones who have gone on before.”

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Using his marriage with longtime wife Ruth as a platform, Graham has implored people to live virtuously in their marriages. Ruth Graham died in 2007; she and Billy Graham had been married 64 years.

“Ruth and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but we have a great one,” Billy Graham stated prior to Ruth’s passing. “How can I say two things that seem so contradictory? In a perfect marriage, everything is always the finest and best imaginable; like a Greek statue, the proportions are exact and the finish is unblemished. For a married couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic. We learned that even before we were married.”

7. Speaking in a slightly largest context of personal relationships, Graham once stated, “Being human, not one of us will ever have a relationship with another person that doesn’t have a wrinkle or a wart on it somewhere. The unblemished ideal exists only in ‘happily ever after’ fairy tales.”

In his 60-plus years as a minister, Graham has encouraged Christians to live out the principles found in the Bible, particularly with regard to having a heart filled with giving: “God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with,” Graham said in this frequently circulated quote.

8. In another statement, Graham said, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” With regard to unity within the Christian community, Graham had this to say: “Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.”

9. Within his own home, Graham, in his earlier days of preaching, said prayer and Bible reading was at the center of his family’s activities and rituals. “Except in emergencies, we never let a day go by but we had Bible reading and prayer,” Graham said. “As the children got older, we asked them to participate.”

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