We are spending three weeks at Barefoot Cabin getting it ready for the rental program. We started the long, arduous task of painting the interior walls. Most were either hunter green or red. We want to lighten and brighten the cabin, which means we need to apply a good coat of primer on all the walls before we can begin the fun part of adding the new color. The primer process not only covers the old paint, but it bonds to the wall allowing the new color to stick.
Tom and I were talking about how well this applies to marriage. The old must be completely covered, which includes the sins of the past. Have you given your spouse a primer coat? Or do you bring up past sins or failures on a regular basis?
Not only are we called to provide forgiveness to our spouse (covering), but we’re called to support and encourage every day after (bonding). In other words, our forgiveness should stick!
We encourage you to examine your own heart. How primed is your marriage? Are you allowing the hunter greens and reds of your or your spouse’s past sins to bleed through? If so, you need to apply a fresh coat of forgiveness. This time make sure it’s the kind that adheres permanently. The only way to do this is to remember how Christ has covered your own sin and has blocked your stains permanently. What a Savior!
Pray and ask God to help you forgive your spouse in the same way for this is the foundation of a healthy marriage.