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Let’s Move On

A man and woman had been married for several years. Through a series of events, she learned of an act of infidelity that had occurred over a decade ago. He had made the mistake of thinking it would have been better not to tell her, so he didn't. But she found out. And, as you can imagine, she was deeply hurt.

Through the advice of a counselor, the couple dropped everything and went away for several days. A decision had to be made. Would they flee, fight, or forgive?

So they prayed. They talked. They walked. They reflected. In this case, the wife was clearly in the right. She could have left. Women have done so for lesser reasons. Or she could have stayed and made his life miserable for years to come.

On the tenth night of their trip, the man found a card on his pillow. On the card was a printed verse: "I'd rather do nothing with you than something without you." Beneath the verse she had written these words"

I forgive you. I love you. Let's move on.

The card might as well have been a basin. And the pen might as well have been a pitcher of water, for out of it poured pure mercy, and with it she washed her husband's feet. Certain conflicts can be resolved only with a basin of water!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward