Respect dare series – day 37 – Clean slate

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Matthew 18:21-22

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

These verses are vital to remember in marriage. I don’t believe there is a marriage that has seen no pain and hurt inflicted, intentional or otherwise. If we don’t walk in daily forgiveness of each other we can let the hurts and perceived injustices mount and mount and mount until we cannot see past them. Christ commanded us to forgive. It is not a choice.      

My action for today: Clean the slate. Wipe away the tally. Hold no grudges and bear no unforgiveness.

My prayer for today:  Lord, I rejoice in your salvation. Thank you for your great love. Thank you that I am forgiven. Help me to extend this same forgiveness to Glenn each and every day. Let me bear no record of wrong in our marriage. Let my words and actions reflect this forgiveness.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I love that Glenn washed my feet on our wedding day. It was like he was washing away all the past hurts so we could enter our marriage with clean slates and servant hearts.

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