Love opens vistas beyond what we have been seeing. We discover things about ourselves, some that are beautiful and some that need to change so we can become our best selves. A new view of the world.
We discover things about God, some that are surprising and some that are healing and some that challenge us to change to become our best selves.
Love inside a marriage is a journey of mutual growth and independent growth. Side by side, we explore what it means to be loved and to give love. Individually, we come face to face with our shortcomings (which our spouses see more clearly than we do) and decide whether or not to work toward improvement or rationalize that it’s not we who need to improve but the other person.
Love inside a sacramental marriage is a journey made with Christ with the bonuses of special graces. Jesus walks with us and his Holy Spirit empowers our growth more gracefully than in any other kind of relationship.
Until we face the trials of disappointments and hardships within the marriage, we have no idea of the new growth that’s possible. Until we choose to forgive unconditionally after we’ve been hurt, we cannot understand God’s unconditional love for us. Until we discover our blindness about our own shortcomings, we have no ability to even imagine the view that will open up when we become holier and forgiven.
- What are some of the ways I have grown because of my beloved’s love for me?
- How have I become a better person because of my beloved’s shortcomings?
Strengthen your relationship:
Share with each other a reason why you feel thankful that Jesus is part of your relationship. Then pray together, asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes every day to new discoveries that are founded on love.
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© 2016 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries