How does forgiving my spouse help me?
As stated in part 1 of Forgiveness in Marriage, forgiving your spouse also helps to free you from Satan’s attacks. When we withhold forgiveness from those we love Satan is able to use our unforgiving spirit to set up shop and begin to torment us with a host of other sins. He will turn your unforgiveness into anger, resentment, and bitterness. Once he is allowed to plant these roots in your mind the love you once had for your spouse will slowly disappear until there is no resemblance of love in your marriage.
Marriage thrives on love! If there’s no love then there is no marriage.
Humans must feel loved in order to be the best that they can be. A house that is filled with unforgiveness will look very much like a battlefield! The only difference is on this battlefield no one will ever be able to win. The way to win is to put the Word to work in your marriage so that you can once and for all forgive your spouse’s past sins. We must do as Paul did and forget those things which are behind us and reach forth unto those things which are before. (Phil. 3:13)
Will you commit to letting go of the past?
Pray this short prayer:
Heavenly Father forgive me for I know that I have sinned even as (Insert your spouse’s name.)Release me of the pain that I feel so that I may freely forgive my spouse as you have forgiven me. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. I will honor your love for me by dying daily to self so that I can have eternal life with you.