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Monday, February 22, 2016

Pray for Marriages (When Love meets Misery)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Those in difficult marriages know all about misery.  It is filled with anger and unforgiveness. But rather than poisoning the recipient, it poisons the one holding on to it, depriving their heart of oxygen.  Love slowly dies.

There is a path to healing. Mercy! Mercy is love that meets misery. Mercy begins with forgiveness.  Like love, forgiveness is an act of the will, not a feeling of the heart. Forgiveness is never easy, but it is God-like. 

When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:25

Since God’s healing grace cannot penetrate unforgiveness, let us pray that the Lord will enter more deeply into your relationship as you decide to forgive and give breath to love again. Pray for yourself, your spouse and other spouses, that they will have the courage, strength, and wisdom to let go of grievances and forgive. When you greet misery with love, Mercy Himself will set you free.

Who is a God like you, who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but instead delights in mercy, and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our iniquities? Micah 7:18-19

Disarm your spouse with the warmth of forgiveness and love. It just might be what melts a hardened heart. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Mercy unlocks the shackles!  Pass it on!