(11.02.20—Marriage—Song of Solomon 5:15)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Being blind to someone or something’s faults isn’t always easy to do. Are there often times when we are reminded of our spouse’s limitations?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
I own a favorite jacket. I’ve had it for many years and simply refuse to replace it with something more stylish or practical. It’s my favorite because it’s always be there for me when I needed a jacket. It fits well and is comfortable. The thing about it is this. If I really stopped to analyze the jacket, pick it apart and discover all of its faults, I would probably wonder why it was my favorite. There are certain things about it that are very frustrating. For example, the sleeves velcro shut as opposed to buttoning. Whenever I wear the jacket, the sleeves inevitably flop open because the velcro is old and really doesn’t cling as velcro is supposed to do. Yet, whenever I reach for a jacket, I reach for my old favorite. I’m so attached to it that I once left it on a golf course a half-day’s drive away and had them mail it back to me. It was my favorite and I felt naked without it. As many faults as it has, there was no replacing my old friend. Whenever I saw that jacket, I could see only its good points and was blind to its obvious limitations.
Here’s a story: A couple married for 15 years began having more than usual disagreements. They wanted to make their marriage work and agreed on an idea the wife had. For one month they planned to drop a slip in a “Fault” box. The boxes would provide a place to let the other know about daily irritations. The wife was diligent in her efforts and approach: “leaving the jelly top-off the jar,” “wet towels on the shower floor,” “dirty socks not in hamper,” on and on until the end of the month. After dinner, at the end of the month, they exchanged boxes. The husband reflected on what he had done wrong. Then the wife opened her box and began reading. They were all the same, the message on each slip was, “I love you!” (Source Unknown.)
Being blind to someone or something’s faults isn’t always easy to do. There will come those times in a marriage when a velcro clasp comes loose just once too often and we are reminded of our spouse’s limitations. But, being blind to those faults doesn’t mean that we don’t see them. It means that, because they are our “favorite”, we look beyond the fault in favor of the love.
We pray. Heavenly Father. We know that being blind to someone or something’s faults isn’t always easy to do. Especially those of a loved one or a spouse. There will come those times in a marriage when our bond comes loose just once too often and we are reminded of our spouse’s or loved one’s limitations. Forgive us Lord when we show a lack of patience and judgment in regard to loving the way we should. Help us by Your Spirit to be blind to those faults, knowing that this doesn’t mean that we don’t see them. It means that, because they are our “favorite”, we look beyond the fault in favor of the love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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