No sweetheart remains faithful to us always. Sooner or later, something else (and possibly someone else) will attract our beloved’s attention away from us.
Only God remains faithful to us perfectly and for all time.
We, too, are not fully faithful to our sweetheart. In any sin we commit, we are being unfaithful in love. Even small sins, such as choosing to watch television when our beloved wants our attention, are forms of unfaithfulness.
Another common example is lying to protect our pride. Self-protective dishonesty might feel right, but it is an act of being unfaithful to the goodness in our beloved. Faithful love calls us to seek out the inner goodness that could make him/her willing to understand the truth.
In a Christ-centered relationship, there is divine power to heal and be healed. This power is strengthened by the Sacrament of Matrimony. When we sincerely ask for it and are willing to be changed by it, we receive Christ’s help in forgiving and seeking forgiveness. And this begins divine healing that can redeem any bad situation into a good and stronger marriage.
“Jesus remains faithful, even when we have done wrong, and he waits to forgive us: He is the face of the Merciful Father. This is the faithful love,” Pope Francis has pointed out (June 21, 2015).
The Sacrament of Confession is the door that opens healing and the renewal of faithfulness even in the most divisive and hurtful occurrences of sin. The Penitential Rite near the beginning of Mass also renews us. And the Sacrament of the Eucharist strengthens our holiness so we can avoid these sins in the future.
- In what ways have I been unfaithful to my beloved?
- What is Jesus offering to me that will redeem my unfaithfulness into a stronger relationship with my beloved?
Strengthen your relationship:
Go to Mass together with awareness of your own unfaithfulness, and expect forgiveness and healing. If you have a stubborn or gravely divisive sin, get to Confession first. Afterward, describe to your sweetheart how the Lord ministered to you during Mass (and/or Confession). Finish the discussion with a shared prayer, asking Jesus to continue blessing your relationship.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries
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