Some brief thoughts on marriage.
This blog comes from someone who fails miserably most of the time at ensuring a trouble-free relationship for my spouse. Flowers and chocolates as gifts to say ‘I’m sorry’ are pretty transparent these days, even when the chocolate delicacies come in a cute little box tied with ribbons and cost £1 a sweet.
Is forgiveness infinite just like Jesus said or does patience of the spouse finally run out when you find yourselves in an emotional cul-de-sac?
It would be miraculous to have a spouse who has the patience of a saint; but alas we are after all human aren’t we?
In the area of conflict resolution marriages are like battlefields where both sides believe they are in the right and the other is wrong. But those who resolve serious conflicts know that there is always a middle ground, a place where opposing parties can meet, shake hands and finally begin to appreciate the other party’s viewpoint.
That’s where reconciliation, peace and love begin to happen albeit slowly at times.
For Christians, Jesus is a mediator and peace maker. He doesn’t just deal with the superficial issues but gets right down deep into our souls where the hurt is, where misunderstanding is rife, where disagreement is often allowed to fester into something bigger.
How do we book an appointment with Jesus? We ask, we pray. His diary is always open to us and there’s no charge.