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Celebrities Take Us to Church with Powerful Marriage Advice

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The secret to a long-thriving marriage? These celebrities take us to church with their powerful marriage advice, showing us what it really takes to make a union last.


Looking for the no-holds-barred-gritty-real-life kind of marriage advice? These celebrity marriages have stood the test of time, yielding powerful fruit and insight into what it really takes to make a marriage last. Their advice even has us digging into our word, exploring what love outworked is really meant to look like.

Meryl Streep—Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak

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James 1:19—”My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

With nearly 40-years of marriage to sculptor Don Gummer under her belt, Meryl Streep knows that listening and intentional communication is the key to a strong marriage:

“You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things. You have to listen to your partner’s problems, suggestions and advice and accept that you’re not always right.”

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw—Be Devoted to One Another

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Romans 12:10—”Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.”

Married for 21-years, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw remind us that in marriage neither partner needs to be perfect. Instead, each partner needs to choose to see through the heart and lens of grace.

During their recent appearance on Today to promote their new album “The Rest Of Our Life,” when asked what made their relationship stand the test of time, McGraw commented, “Well, she tolerates a lot, I think that’s probably the main reason.” Faith, in turn, added, “You tolerate a lot too. I’m not the easiest person.”

Kevin Costner—Say You're Sorry

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James 5:16—”Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other…”

Kevin Costner has been married to his wife Christine Baumgartner for 14 years, and as he told Parade magazine, the key to a thriving marriage is to be willing to admit you’re wrong.

It’s the ability to say you’re sorry. I know that sounds so simple. If you’re willing to tell somebody that you love them, are you also willing to say you’re sorry? You need to, even when you think you’re right.”

Jamie Lee Curtis—Steadfastness

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James 1:2-4—”Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest have been married for over three decades. What’s their greatest piece of advice? Simply and powerfully put: “Don’t get divorced.”

“It’s a fascinating thing. I could write a book on marriage called “Don’t Leave’.”

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard—Be Willing to Change

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1 Peter 5:5—”Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'”

One of our favorite couples, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, remind us of the importance of teachability—we must be humble, always willing to change, evolve, grow.

“We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories,” Kristen told PEOPLE. “We both take responsibility when we are wrong.”