(Jesus speaking) "... don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true... When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.” (Mat 5:33-37 MSG)
I was at a wedding when I heard the Pastor say: "Actually it doesn't really matter what the bride and groom say to each other right now, these two don't really hear the words being spoken and are already fixated on what's going to happen tonight, and on their forthcoming two week honeymoon ...!"
I must admit to being quite shocked at his direct approach and then he went on, "... the point I’m trying to make is that, right now their future looks great, but what happens when it's poorer rather than richer? Or sickness rather then health ...? Or God forbid, it’s worse rather than better? Will they actually remember this day, and the promises they made to each other - promises they made before God...?
(Jesus speaking) “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves.... !" (Matt 5:37).
Marriage is hard. Friendships are hard. Relationships are hard. Lord ... Help! ❤️