May 8, 2018
My apologies for being a day late with my blog. It is ironic that at a time I had planned to slow down and take it easy, my husband is dealing with sciatica and has needed my help while I’m doing forty other things.
In case that sounded like a complaint, it is not. I rely heavily on my strong marriage and my strong husband to help me through physical, mental, and emotional challenges. And he says the same of me.
That observation brings up an interesting question related to “Walking at the Speed of Light,” in which I emphasize the importance of being yoked with Jesus and following Him. How does that work with being yoked with a spouse and walking closely with that person?
The answer necessitates Christian marriage. The Bible makes it clear that a Christian marriage involves not only two committed people but also the Savior which they are both committed to, like the symbol we have on a plaque which shows wedding rings and a cross.
Two people walking together and making their decisions based on mutual belief have an excellent chance of keeping that situation going for years, as long as they add God-given senses of humor and ability to forgive.
What happens, then, when one person is out of step? As I point out in my book, being out of step is common and can often lead to stronger faith, as we see with both Peter and Thomas.
I sincerely believe that self-forgiveness is just as important in marriage as forgiveness of a spouse. Good marriages necessitate two people capable of following Jesus’ example of loving and forgiving – loving and forgiving ourselves as well as each other.
After I wrote that last paragraph, I realized that it applies not only to marriage but to any relationship with any relative, friend, or neighbor. Jesus always provides the perfect example.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there! More related to that next week.