5 Biblical Reasons to Forgive Your Spouse
The coexistence between two people can be complicated, but a married life is fundamental to reach fullness. Couples learn together with coexistence and develop relationship skills that can only be achieved by building unity between two different people.
Human beings are subject to failure and it is they who help in individual development and progress. The way one’s own deals with error and repentance will ensure growth. But because a couple is made up of two people, the way the spouse faces error and the other’s repentance also influences one’s development.
There are many reasons for forgiveness, whatever the mistake. For Christians, the Bible offers religious reasons, but they can also be considered social. His teachings, when practiced, help in the escalation of improvement and can guarantee greater joy in existence.
Forgiveness is a commandment for Christendom, but it is not very simple to obey, especially when error causes deep hurt in the individual. Some Bible passages are clear about forgiveness, and most people know this. The list of reasons to forgive the spouse is wide and here are 5 very important:
1. Forgive to do what God would do if you were in the situation
“The Lord is longsuffering, and abounding in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, which the guilty person does not hold innocent.” This passage in Numbers 14:18 is clear about God’s forgiveness of all people, their mistakes, and their sins, even knowing of their guilt.
Jesus Christ declared in Matthew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” He taught us that we should be like our Father. If God forgives everyone, it is the duty of each of us to forgive equally.
2. Not to be defeated by the enemy
Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 2, verse 10 said that he forgave those whom the church had forgiven. In his words, “And whomsoever I forgive, I also forgive: for that which I also have forgiven, if I have forgiven, for your sakes I have done it in the presence of Christ: lest we be overcome by Satan.” Where there is forgiveness there is the love of God and where there is none, the enemy marks his presence.
3. Because the person repented
This is an obvious reason, for Jesus Christ previously taught in Matthew 7:12 the golden rule of doing to others what we would have done to us. And more specific in Luke 17: 3 He said, “And if thy brother sin against thee, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”
4. Because the prophets preached repentance
There are several Bible passages that claim that the prophets taught repentance. This shows that God knows that his children err and can learn a lot from mistakes. And if God asked to be taught repentance for the forgiveness of sins, how much more should his children forgive the wrongs of others. Speaking of John the Baptist the scripture says, “And he went all the way round the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance, for the remission of sins” (Luke 3: 3).
5. To gain prosperity
The couple who repent of their mistakes and forgive each other brings something of great value to them: blessings of prosperity. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 it is written, “If my people, which are called by my name, humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and will heal their land. ” Forgiveness to the spouse will also bring benefits to the forgiver.
Much greater than the damage of the hurt and insecurity that the spouse’s mistakes can cause is the force of forgiveness. It turns the negative into positive and the benefits of those who practice it are immeasurable.
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