It's all too easy to for many of us to hold a grudge against work associates or acquaintances when we feel we've been wronged. How much easier is it for us to hold a grudge against our spouse?! One of the cornerstones of a strong marriage is to have forgiveness in our hearts. There will be times in our marriages that we mess up. There will be times when our spouse messes up. Instead of saying "I told you so!", or "You ALWAYS do this and ruin everything!", it's important for us all to remember that forgiving our spouse is paramount to a strong relationship. Holding a grudge only keeps the focus on the negatives instead of the positives that our spouse brings into our life.
From The Marriage Project: "The words of Jesus show only too strongly how He felt about those who hold grudges;"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Mathew 6:14-15). While grace goes against our nature, it's vital to the growth of our marriages and our own relationship with Christ. There is no room in a marriage for grudges.
Practice forgiveness in your marriage this week. Let go of something you've been holding in for a while and tell your spouse you forgive them. It will do wonders for your relationship!