Forgiveness does not need to involve the other person. Forgiveness is something that happens in your heart as a work of the Spirit regardless of how the other person responds. When you make the choice to forgive
Many of us know we should forgive, but we don't understand how to forgive beyond just the saying the words. It begins with the choice to forgive.
If we're struggling to find the harmony that exists in a marriage centered on Christ, we need to check our hearts for unforgiveness.
When God reminds us in scripture about forgiveness, He almost always reminds us to consider the big picture, so this should be where we start. We forgive because we have been forgiven.
When the Spirit fills us, our hearts become soft toward those around us, and our desire is to bring them goodness increases. Kindness expressed in action is goodness.
Words against another destroy our horizontal relationships, causing more strife and distrust than any other action.
The God who created this great vast and beautiful universe doesn't make mistakes, and He didn't make a mistake when He allowed this marriage into your life.
We have to make the conscious choice to own our behavior and ask for forgiveness when we have failed—not only vertically, but horizontally as well.
Humility grows when we see our own desperate need for a Savior, and it is through this that we can begin to love others as ourselves.
When we see our sin the way God sees it and know that Jesus has freed us from all payment, the offenses of our spouses should shrink in comparison.