I recently did something that hurt and offended my wife.
No one can relate to this! It is true confession time. I hurt her badly.
Immediately after the confrontation came the apology. My wife spoke out her forgiveness. In her emotions and body language, I knew she was still hurting. In spite of this, the forgiveness was present without strings attached. She did not cop an attitude or make me pay for my sin. The offense was released. She had shown me grace in our marriage.
I should have paid for it. I deserved emotional and physical pain. I was stunned by the depth of my wife’s love for me. It was love and grace which motivated me more than any repercussions ever could.