Read: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
You say your wedding vows, enjoy a blissful honeymoon, and return home to begin your life of stress-free peace and love. Right? Anyone who’s been married longer than a few weeks is probably laughing at this idea. Marriage is wonderful, but it’s also tough. Two sinners, even united through a mutual relationship with Christ, will inevitably face conflict. Though “Fakebook” society tells us that real, loving relationships are conflict-free, even the most loving, passionate and healthy relationships will sail through stormy seas.
There are no perfect people, and no perfect relationships. Someone, newly engaged, was worried about the fights he and his spouse-to-be were having. Did that mean they weren’t meant to be together? A wise mentor looked at him and said, “Brother, you are going to fight with someone for the rest of your life. Do you want it to be her?” When we approach conflict in a healthy, Christ-centered way, God uses our conflict to shape us, mold us and sharpen us into the people he has called us to be. Don’t miss this week as we learn what it means to handle conflict like Christ.
Pray: God, remind me that I’m not a perfect person, and that no marriage is perfect. Help me approach conflict in a way that honors you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.