Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t know how you can possibly be in a relationship with that person?” (In this scenario the reference is not made about people who are abusive but about those who have idiosyncrasies that make others annoyed). It is true that people can be really difficult to get along with at times. This is especially so when we hone in on our differences and view those differences in a negative sense.
The fact that only one person can truly put up with our idiosyncrasies on a long term basis can truly prove to be a very positive thing. If that were not the case then we would not value our current relationship but instead we would be more apt to go from relationship to relationship. In a sense it keeps invisible boundaries lines around us.
Nevertheless, if a couple has prayerfully sought God’s direction before becoming one then they can be certain that God will provide them with the grace needed in order to deal with their differences. After all, He knew of their differences beforehand. God’s foreknowledge of this is evident in Psalm 139:16. It states, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Thus, when God designed each person in his or her mother’s womb, He not only designed them to fit His purpose and plan for existence but their intricate design was custom made to be compatible with their spouse.
Lord, thank You for the time and attention You took to form each individual so that they can be compatible with one very special and specific person. Help us to respect and celebrate our differences.