Ever have an issue with a toilet? Sometimes you plunge it out and that’s all that was really needed. But sometimes, you find yourself dealing with a particular issue frequently. If you are fortunate to have another toilet in your house, you try to ignore the one with the issue and direct family/guests to use a different one. But the day will come when you will have to deal with it. Maybe you’ll need to snake it or call in the big dogs and get it Roto-Rootered out to the street. Maybe you’ll mistakenly break the seal or when you go to pull the toilet, you’ll crack it or find the underlayment is rotten which means you’ll need to pull up the floor. It might be a bigger job than originally thought, but it really just needs to be done.

So, what does all this have to do with marriages? You might be able to make some connections. Whether or not you are not married, you surely know someone who is, maybe even someone who has come to you needing a sounding board. As you think about the issue of marriage, ask God to bless and heal those marriages that come to mind. Tell those who have come to you seeking counsel for their marriage that you are praying for healing in their marriage and encourage them to do the same. While it takes two to really work, sometimes only one person is actively working on the improvement of relationship because the other one is too hurt to be vulnerable again. Broken trust is hard to regain, but not impossible and it takes a lot of time, patience, prayer, and intentional work. No marriage can be fully and truly healed without God’s intervention.

Lord, give me the strength to consider the wrongs I have done in relationships and move me to a place of true repentance. As I experience Your forgiveness, help me to share that forgiveness with others. In You Son’s Name, Amen.

Teach me your way, O LORD,
and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.  Psalm 86:11 NIV

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