Want a long lasting relationship?
I started the year with the topic, “How to Have a PROSPEROUS Marriage in 2018.” For each letter in the word prosperous there was a different focus. It has been a minute since I have blogged, but I want to complete this topic over the month of April. This week’s focus is R=Regular Forgiveness and Gratitude.
If you want a relationship to last for a long time, you must be willing to forgive on a regular basis. I mean forgive on a recurring basis, over and over again. Think about the number of times that you need God to forgive you. The forgiveness that you want God to extend to you, is the same forgiveness that we must be willing to extend to one another. Matthew 6:14 says “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” The next verse clearly says; “But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” When I said I do, I never thought that I would need to forgive. I guess I thought things would be so great and perfect that forgiveness would not be necessary. My thinking was so wrong. I have learned that on the relationship journey you will be hurt, disappointed and some times mis-treated, but we must forgive!
Most divorces take place because someone would not forgive. Families are broken because someone will not forgive. Sisters and brothers are living without talking to one another because someone will not forgive. Life is too short! Let’s break the ice, stop the silence and forgive one another. I know that it is easier said then done, but try it!
The second part of this week’s focus is gratitude. Have you said thank you recently! These are two words that help to bring longevity to a relationship. Everyone likes to feel appreciated. It’s not difficult. Thank you for . . . or Thank you for simply being you! Let’s start each day with gratitude to God and then, think of other people who you can express gratitude.
When you put forgiveness and gratitude into practice on a “Regular” basis, God will be pleased and your relationships will be blessed with longevity.
Until next week . . .