My wife and I have been married 41 years. It has not been easy. The word “divorce” has been heard. Yet here we are. Much of it comes from the application of God-given agape, the ability to love. I have been wronged. I have been sinned against. I have been victimized. Yet I keep coming back for more. I am sure that my wife could say the same.
God himself has modeled this behavior. I am thankful for that. It would have been so easy, and so deserved, for God to throw a few lightning bolts, generate a bit of leprosy, cause a building to fall on a few heads or not allow that car to miss me. Yet He hasn’t. He demonstrates love.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NAS77) Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,Thus I am called to forgive in marriage. I trust I have done so. I assume I will continue to do so. Any time I start thinking I have reached the end of my rope I should be reminded of how often God has thrown up His hands at my behavior.
But He keeps hanging on. Thank you, Lord.
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