Today marks the 38th year that I have been married to my wonderful wife, Sandra. I met her when she was 15 years old and I was 17. We dated for 3 and 1/2 years before we got married. We would not even consider getting married before she finished high school. And, neither one of us wanted to rush into anything because we both understood that marriage was a serious commitment. A lifelong commitment. And, a love that had to go beyond physical and sexual attraction. And, could not always be based upon our emotions (how we "felt" about one another on any given day). Afterall, we were making a covenant with one another. And, that no matter what, we were bound one to the other, through good times and bad. Thus, here it is 38 years later and we are still together. Through all the good and bad times. We have certainly had our ups and downs. But, through it all, we have discovered that, "Forgiveness goes a long, long way." Since, neither one of us can ever do anything or enough that will right the wrongs or heal the hurts that one has done to the other. We may never hurt or wrong the other again, in the same way. But, that still does not pay for the hurt or wrong. We may do extra things to try and make up for it. But, that is still not sufficient payment for the hurt we have caused. Thus, it is up to the offended party to forgive and "let it go". Is this easy? "No way." Forgiveness is costly and not easy. It will cost you, your pride and your so called "right" to revenge. For, you feel justified in your prideful anger and now you have to let it go (which is not easy). Thus, you feel slighted and that justice has not been served, if you forgive. Yes indeed, forgiveness is costly and not easy. It cost Jesus his life, to pay a debt that we could not and cannot pay for. Since, we could never do enough good to pay for all the bad things we have done. And, it was not easy to endure the scourging and beatings He endured and then to be nailed to a cross and hang there, suffering, to pay the penalty/price for our sins. So, on this day of my Anniversay, I would encourage any of you who may have a "rocky" marriage and may be wanting to end it because of some hurt or wrong you have been subjected to, by your spouse. That, you forgive them and remember the covenant you made with them. And, you might just find, that even though you have been hurt by your mate, you may still have the best person who ever came into your life.