Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32, NLT).
After putting his wife on the flight for a visit to her parents, Ken made his way back to their car, remembering her smile. She had lingered for their final embrace.
When he reached the car, he noticed a letter. He opened it and could scarcely believe the words were real. She was leaving him! It was a note of farewell. She said she no longer loved him — or God. Two years of marriage evaporated right before his eyes.
Memories suddenly had a double edge. Bewildered and confused, he drove to an empty home. Ken knew that he needed to forgive, as Christ would. But what did that really mean in the reality of this shocking situation?
Somehow, through the blurry reality of his hurt, God’s Word became clear. “Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32, NLT).
“Be kind to each other . . . forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Thankfully, that is exactly what Ken decided to do — to obey God in spite of his terrible hurt.
I wish I could report a positive ending to the story about this marriage. However, tragically, Ken’s offer of forgiveness and reconciliation to his wife was spurned, and a divorce followed. The marriage could not be repaired.
Reconciliation was available to Ken and his wife, but another route was chosen. Such reconciliation always takes two parties, and only one was willing.
Of course, we do not know the whole story. But whatever it was, the choice of forgiveness and reconciliation was available to both parties.
When faced with similar situations, whether in marriage, business or in other relationships, may we always be found ready and willing to forgive and reconcile.
“Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too” (Mark 11:24-25, NLT).
Yours for helping to fulfill the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,