“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
“Loved in spite of ourselves,” struck a chord with me. Like many people I expect perfection in others and have to rely on the Lord to help me when I find flaws in others. I admit to this relationship flaw of mine. When Joyce and I were young, I started making fun of her one crooked back tooth. I went on about it for a couple of years.
One day The Great Blonde had enough and really let me have it. With fire in her emerald green eyes, blood rushing to her face and her voice tinged with brimstone, she asked, “Why are you always picking on me about my crooked tooth?” I answered, “Because it’s the only fault I can find.” She realized that I had been setting her up for nearly two years. I give Jesus the credit for our almost 50 year marriage. And my longevity.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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