I saw him sitting at the back of the church, full of sadness and bitterness. I called him and asked for the reason behind that sadness. He answered narrating the following story: “Today is Friday. I’d to go to work for some delayed work, so I told my wife that I’ll take our son with me and we’ll return at noon. As I started working, I remembered that I forgot an important paper at home, so I returned home with my son. As I opened the door and entered my bedroom, I found my wife betraying me in my bed. I found nothing to do except to come here and ask, “What shall I do?””
I told him, “I listened to you but I’m used to listen to both sides and never do I judge in any matter by listening to one side only even if it’s very clear.”
He answered, “I don’t mind. I used to trust her and I think that she won’t lie. I also thought that she’s very loyal and pure till I saw what I can’t believe.”
We prayed together. Then, I went to his house to find his wife crying bitterly. I said to her, “I want to know the reality of what he says about you.” For I thought she is crying because he accused her of adultery.
With the pure repentant spirit she said, “All what he’s told you is right. There is no witness. Now I don’t care about my prestige in front of the people or even the continuity of my family life, the only thing I care for is my eternity that I lost because of my sins. I don’t want to apologize, for in all cases I’m a sinner. I’m not scared of divorce; rather I am ready to say the truth in front of the court and the church. If he wants to divorce, I won’t defend myself rather I’ll help him. If he wants to get married, it’s his right but for me, I’ll live the rest of my life in tears. Maybe God will forgive me.”
She was crying bitterly that her husband could not bear it so he cried and said, “God has covered me in my youth and He always covers my impure thoughts and dreams. Now it’s my turn to cover you.”
He kissed her saying, “Let’s start a new life, with our Christ between us, blessing us with His spirit.”
The couple lived a blessed life for years, without anyone blaming the other. That is how the young husband succeeded to benefit his wife with his forgiving love living with her in repentance and God filled their life with peace and love.
Do not rush judging others, and do not close the door of repentance before anybody, to let God open the door of mercy before you. Be honest with yourself as this young wife. If you sinned do not cover it with a nice cover of cheating. Rather, cover it with Christ’s love that works in the true repentant life. Put your life in the Holy Spirit’s hands who blames the sin and deliver you to the Father’s bosom.
You covered me and You still do,
Grant me to cover my brethren.
With Your love, You showed me my brethren’s weaknesses.
Give me to cover them, not to reveal them.
You cover my disclosed thoughts and weaknesses.
Give me to cover the sins of my brethren.
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