Has your husband or wife ever offended you? Is the sky blue?!! Even in healthy marriage, offenses of various kinds are pretty common, aren’t they?
At some point (maybe happening right now!) your spouse is going to do something, say something, even think something that you will find offensive. And then, there are the big ones – those major marriage-threatening offenses – not in every marriage but in many, and maybe in yours?
What is your approach when your husband or wife comes to you and asks for forgiveness? Do you hold out or do you soften your heart so you can start holding each other again? As a biblical Christian, what is your part – your responsibility – to move past the offense? Are you a good forgiver? Are you ready to forgive your spouse when he/she comes to you, repenting of offense or sin and asking for forgiveness?
We typically want those who have wronged us to pay, don’t we? We want the score settled and we don’t want them to get off too easily! But, is this a result of thinking biblically or of listening to our own wounded spirit?
If you desire a marriage that continues to grow in depth, closeness, love, and peace, becoming a good forgiver is not optional . . . it’s also not optional if you’re a biblical Christian.
On FAITHFUL LIFE podcast, Weekend Edition, we are talking about getting from grudge to forgiveness – from holding out to holding each other again. The episode is called, ‘Are You a Good Forgiver or Do You Hold Grudges?’ Ask yourself, “Am I forgiving my husband/wife the way God wants me to?” Join us today as we have a positive conversation about this important building block for every great marriage!
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Matt Jacobson is a biblical marriage coach and founder of FaithfulMan.com a biblical marriage, parenting, and discipleship ministry providing written and audio teaching, as well as couples marriage coaching. He is the co-host (with his wife, Lisa) of Faithful Life Podcast and is author of the bestseller, 100 Ways to Love Your Wife. Matt is pastor of Tumalo Bible Fellowship and is married to Lisa, founder of Club31Women.com (they have 8 kids!).