Trials in marriage are, in God’s perspective (which is full of wisdom and joy) opportunities for maturing in love. He sees with joy our potential to grow stronger if we lean on him. He knows that from this our faith will grow stronger.
Endure your trials as “discipline”;
God treats you as sons and daughters.
For what “child” is there whom his father does not discipline?
When it happens,
discipline seems like a cause not for joy but for pain,
but eventually it produces the peaceful fruit of holiness
to those who allow themselves to be trained by it.
So take courage:
strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees.
Make straight paths for your feet and proceed,
so that what is lame may not remain disjointed but be healed.
During our trials, he embraces us with his help and guidance, and we’d become keenly aware of this if we would turn our thoughts toward him and spend more time alone with him.
Every relationship has trials. Divorce is an attempt to escape from them. Jesus, on the other hand, lends us a hand in carrying our crosses all the way to (if we’re persistent) the resurrection of hope and then fruitful growth and finally unitive joy.
The scriptures, like the one from this Sunday’s second reading at Mass, provide his encouragement and renewal. When we immerse ourselves in his words, we give ourselves the gift of his comforting nearness and his wisdom and his joy. We should run to his Word every time we suffer a trial. By connecting to Jesus this way, and through the connections of prayer and the Eucharist and music, etc., we open ourselves to his healing.
The solutions that end trials often take a long time, but healing is readily available to us. Jesus strengthens us to endure, and in endurance, we learn, and in learning, we grow, and in growing, we reach higher levels of holiness and faith.
- Which word or phrase from Hebrews 12:7,11-13 ministers to me most?
- Which word or phrase might be most helpful to my sweetheart?
Strengthen your relationship:
Take turns reading this scripture aloud together with emphasis on the word or phrase that is most important. Note the differences and similarities between which words mattered most to each of you. Share how these words minister to you. Then turn this scripture into a prayer; for example: “Lord Jesus, help us endure your trials as “discipline”, for You treat us as your precious sons and daughters and want us to grow closer to You through them….”
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© 2016 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries