Don’t Let Bitterness Poison Your Marriage

The Bible says in Hebrews 12, “Make every effort to live in peace with all men (which would include your spouse) and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows Read More…

Grace in Marriage

I just read a great book, written by Dr Tim and Darcy Kimmel titled, Grace Filled Marriage. We highly recommend that you read it. It can change your marriage in amazing ways. And then we heard a wonderful interview with Max Lucado on the role of grace in marriage. We’d Read More…

Rebuilding Trust in Your Marriage

This is a tough, tough subject because there is such a misunderstanding of what trust entails. Many people think rebuilding trust is tied in with forgiving someone. But in reality, forgiving someone and trusting them are two different acts of faith. You can forgive a person without trusting them. But Read More…

Forgiving the Apologizing Spouse – MM #326

Sometimes it’s difficult to forgive each other in marriage. So actions can separate us. But it is important to find a way to forgive the apologizing spouse. “Marriage becomes a series of surprises for most of us, and one of them is how frequently we need to forgive and be Read More…

Don’t Demand Forgiveness – MM #325

In the last Marriage Message we touched on the subject of going the extra mile in apologizing. (See: Apologizing: Going the Extra Mile – MM #324.) This time we’d like to explain more about apologizing and asking for forgiveness in marriage. In particular we’ll be talking about times when you Read More…

BIBLE VERSES on BITTERNESS and FORGIVENESS

Below are Bible verses that deal with bitterness and forgiveness. May the Lord inspire you, as you prayerfully read what God has provided for guidance. Bible Verses on Bitterness and Forgiveness: • Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as Read More…

Why Forgive? – Marriage Message #193

“The most important skill in maintaining unity as a couple is forgiveness. You’ll undoubtedly make mistakes, disappoint one another, and make some poor decisions. The only way to keep the relationship growing in the midst of our humanity is to forgive.” (Bill and Pam Farrel) We’re told in the Bible Read More…

Six Powerful Words in Marriage – MM #192

On March 18th Cindy and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. I (Steve) was wondering how many times Cindy and I have told each other, “I love you” over the past 45+ years. We are both very expressive and open about our love for each other. Words we say to each Read More…

The Many Barriers To Forgiveness

There are two barriers to forgiveness. One is simple unwillingness, which is something each of us can decide to change. The other is misunderstanding of what biblical forgiveness is. Forgiveness can be confusing. Misinterpretations of Scripture and other misconceptions have distorted its meaning. As we sharpen the focus on God’s Read More…