Acceptance and Secure Love


What can you do daily to share with your spouse the inner harmony and peace you have in knowing Jesus Christ?

And He put all things under His feet. Ephesians 1:22

"It is finished!" The battle is over. From Calvary and the empty grave come the keys to peace and harmony between God and humanity. The God-man Christ has spanned the gap caused by my (David's) sin, and in Him I can find rest from the pain of guilt and from the struggle to perform. Just as God labored six days and then rested, so now also I can enter into His rest through Christ (see Hebrews 4:4-5). Har­mony with my Creator floods my soul, and I am prompted to share peaceful love with those for whom I care.

Too often, though, my inner stress and turmoil spill out on Teresa and the kids. I become impatient, withdrawn, unavailable. At these times, I need divine interven­tion. I need time alone to cast my cares upon Him, time for His peace. Then harmony at home is possible.

It quiets my soul and eases my anxious mind when I meditate on Christ's love and sacrifice at Calvary. From the cross, we hear amidst His agony the shocking words: "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:24). How startling it must have been to those who tormented and mocked Him—those whose futures would be filled with memories of this supposed "King of the Jews"—to hear His words of care and concern. Imagine the shock as the thief hanging next to Him hears the words, "Today you will be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). And then we hear the Messiah's care for Mary, His mother: "Woman, behold your son! . . . Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27). From that day forward, Mary lived in the house of the apostle John.

Here hangs the Christ—crucified and caring for all those around Him. Such care reassures my own anxious heart.

What can you do daily to share with your spouse the inner harmony and peace you have in knowing Jesus Christ?

Father, help me to share the inner harmony I have in knowing You.

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