Day 8 Challenge: PARDON
Your challenge today is to pardon the sins of your husband. Consider the things your husband has done that may have hurt you, or that have caused you to feel unforgiving. If you have never forgiven, ask God to help you do so. If you have uttered those words, but still feel trapped in a storm of resentment, ask yourself if you have truly forgiven. Not with your words, but with your heart, soul and spirit. Ask yourself, if are you still carrying the weight of that hurt, and if you frequently recall the ways you have been hurt, or betrayed. Are you keeping a running record of wrongs, or are you striving to wipe the slate clean? Ask God for clarity, as to whether or not you have truly let it go (whatever “it” is), and ask God to fill your heart with grace and mercy – and overwhelming joy.
If God impresses upon you that you are still holding on to unforgiveness, then bow at the feet of your King, and pray with all your heart. Ask God, for the strength to forgive your husband. Not because he deserves it, or even because God tells us to do it, but because of the deadly toll that it has on our own hearts, and our marriages, in the long run.
Maybe your husband has deeply wounded your heart. Maybe he has betrayed you. Maybe he has been unfaithful. Maybe he has an addiction that seems hopeless to overcome. Maybe he has just been too busy for you and your family. Maybe you just need to forgive your husband for little things, or recent words spoken in anger. But regardless of whether the thorn is big or small, forgiveness is the first step towards reconciliation, restoration, and rekindled love.
Life is too short to give anyone, or any situation, permission to steal our joy. And God is too good to let that happen. Father, Please forgive me for the deep hurt, and anger that seeped into my heart, and marriage over the last several months, aimed straight at my husband. The stroke took a heavy toll on both of us, but, I never meant to cause any pain at all to me husband. I love him way beyond measure. I truly forgive his words of hurt and anger towards me, and pray that he truly forgives me. Most importantly Father, please forgive us both. Amen.