Pure Gospel Magazine 2018 April 2018 - Page 11

Do you ever wonder how often marriages would be healed if Christian

husbands and wives learned to live in grace instead of in pride and righteousness.

Many couples enter into marriage with false or unrealistic expectations. Some believe that marriage will solve their problems. They believe that once you’re married “they will change”. However, that is not the case. The person you marry is the person they are. You get the good, the bad and the ugly.

Entering into marriage should be a prayerful and thought out decision made by two people. Understanding each other’s beliefs, thoughts about family, career and personal likes and dislikes are all critical to the work that goes into a successful marriage.

When tough times come, and they always do, approaching those situations together in pray and love is the basis for conquering and overcoming those situations together. During the heat of an argument, hurtful and destructive things may be said that create a hurt that is hard to forgive and end up creating resentment and bitterness. That’s why forgiveness is so important.

In Matthew 18:21 Peter asked, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”

Jesus replied, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

No matter how many times your spouse may do something, you are still responsible for forgiving him or her. We are to never stop forgiving. Once you’ve done that, why not clear one more roadblock and seek the Lord’s forgiveness for your prideful heart.

Forgiveness must be immediate, whether or not a person asks for it. God has forgiven you more times than you will ever have the opportunity to forgive someone else.

We would love for this article to be a place for you to ask questions and share your thoughts or concerns with us and we will do our best, with prayerful minds and hearts to respond with guidance and encouragement.

Until next month!! Be Blessed!!

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By Rocky & Gail Smith