The bane of many a marriage is the existence of a bad side.
A “bad side” is a place other than where resides an endless supply of love of the sort described in the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.
Those who possess bad sides capable of being gotten on do so from lack: an incomplete appreciation of all they have been forgiven and how great is the love of God towards them in Christ.
It is a place where those we claim to love are sent by us to be punished for offenses either real or supposed.
The possibility of being on a spouse’s bad side is to live in a continuously anxious state ‒ the very opposite of the depth of peace and rest a godly marriage is meant to afford.
The anecdote, the cure for anyone having a bad side is Jesus Himself.
To abide in Jesus is to be constantly immersed in the God who is absent of so much as a hint of a bad side.
And all of life is but an opportunity to grow in love: to God and to our neighbor of whom our spouse is but the closest.
Such growth requires us to be attached to the vine of Christ, the source of every spiritual benefit. It takes effort, a determination to cooperate with our Elder Brother who will give us every help we need.
May we yield to the Spirit of Christ in us, the hope of glory, so as to bring forth the fruit of gracious love in the garden of our marriage to the glory of God!
~michael with photos by my Sheila
Today’s post is Day 14 of a #31days series called First comes Love…
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