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How Forgiveness and Patience Can Help Your Marriage

But I obtained mercy for the reason that in me, as the foremost [of sinners], Jesus Christ might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience... ó1 Timothy 1:16

Marriages are not as good as they could be when someone holds on to offenses and hurts that their spouse has caused. I know itís difficult to completely open yourself up when youíve been hurt, but nobody can promise that loving someone wonít hurt. In fact, you canít really love without being willing to be hurt. Itís not possible.

Real love shows mercy and forgives. Love keeps giving the other person another chance. Love is willing to keep trusting them over and over again, expecting them to do the right thing the next time, believing the best of them.

I realize there might be big hurts in your marriage, along with little things you deal with daily. Still, you need to decide to let go of its irritating hold on you. Then pray and lean on God for the grace and strength to truly forgive.

If youíre struggling with unforgiveness in your marriage, ask the Lord to reveal what has caused you to feel bitterness or resentment. You may be surprised at what He reveals to you, but when you see the truth, decide to let go of the offense. Decide to forgive your spouse and walk in patience as you treat them with Godís amazing, unconditional love.

Prayer Starter: God, I want my marriage to be the best it can be. Help me let go of any areas of unforgiveness and patiently love my spouse the way You want me to.


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