A good marriage is the union of two forgivers.
Few would admit that they love a good fight. To suggest otherwise would make me seem crazy.
But statistics prove we either love to fight, or we are just too lazy to forgive.
Our unwillingness to do the work in our relationships, made famous by a little check mark next to a box that reads, irreconcilable differences.
If we were honest we’d admit the truth behind the irreconcilable mind is that we’d rather fight than forgive.
See, forgiveness is hard, but divorce… that’s a whole other story. You don’t even have to share my beliefs to agree that divorce is too easy; just check here and you’ll be free.
So instead of forgiving, we continue to fight and we start to think, “maybe next time we’ll get it right”.
And when the fighting reaches it’s ceiling, and the walls come crashing in on this whole “marriage thing”, we just shake our heads and sigh, “I guess he wasn’t the one for me”, and mark an x next to a tiny box on a page that reads, irreconcilable differences.
Irreconcilable differences, quit lying to me!! Get your hands off my marriage! Come, and see what I see.
I see a man on a cross, beaten and bleeding. To cover the very thing that made me think of leaving.
He say’s my marriage is worth it, and He’s not lying, so that divorce you are selling, you can keep it, I’m not buying.
I know true freedom isn’t found through sever. No, the kind of freedom I want, is only realized in surrender.
So I chose to lose more fights than I’ll win, and forgive often and freely; to let love, peace, and hope back in.
Because Truth, given a chance, will correct and restore. And will reconcile to Him all our differences from before. So maybe, one day, we won’t need that check box anymore.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
This is not the blog I originally set out to write. The blog I wanted to write fit nicely into 3 points that would be easy for you to remember and hard for you to ignore. Tools for your ever-growing toolbox, complete with poor attempts at humor. I planned to write that blog…and someday I might. Instead, however, I just want to beg you to make today freedom Sunday, and fight to forgive the people who’ve hurt you.
In no way am I suggesting forgiveness is easy, but I will say this:
God gives freedom through forgiveness unlike anything I’ve known, and there is enough grace to cover a whole multitude of wrongdoing. If you are struggling to forgive, I’m praying today is the day that you break free! Let God change your heart, and you can change the world.
If you’re not struggling to forgive this morning, would you join me in praying for marriages and relationships that have allowed difference to divide and sin to separate. Would you pray that they would know the freedom found in Jesus’ forgiveness, and be willing to extend that same love in response.
I’m praying for marriages this week. That they would be radical reflections of Jesus’ unending love for you and me.
PS… I’ve missed you