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Forgiveness in Marriage

 November 4, 2019

A friend, told that I was writing a series of short meditations on marriage, put the question to me: “Have you written about forgiveness yet?”

Well … uh … maybe tomorrow. I suppose the easiest thing I could observe about forgiveness is that no marriage could survive without a good deal of it going both ways. Ah, but how easy it is for one who has never had to forgive much to urge forgiveness on those who have had to deal with unfaithfulness, betrayal, addictions of various kinds, physical violence.

Indeed, for those who have suffered in those areas, the divorce court can seem inevitable. GiGi and I have known married friends who threw in the towel after concluding that forgiveness only extends the misery. But we have known other couples who have weathered such storms, forgiven each other, grown older and wiser in the process.

The prescription is ancient: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” And when that is done, some wonderful things can happen. Not always, for two people with independent minds are involved. But it happens often enough to remind us that with God, all things are possible.


Reflections:  Are there areas in your marriage still in need of forgiveness?


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