HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR LIFE
Melvin David shares how the Holy Spirit revealed to him the richness of the vocation of marriage, all the while healing and nourishing the relationship.
How many times have we sang songs like “Holy Spirit is my helper” during retreats, only to feel the excitement of His presence fading away after a few weeks!
Less than a year after our wedding, my wife and I had a fully blown-out argument over phone while at work. I remember seething with anger at the way my words were being misinterpreted. Feelings of being wrongly accused and being rejected brought me to a stage where I even began thinking where this relationship was headed. But this time, my self-righteous ego kept repeating, “I’ve done nothing wrong this time! And I’ve had enough”.
After the call ended, I remember driving my car out of the parking lot into a stormy evening. The slow traffic; the teeming rain; the wipers blazing all out. The storm outside and the storm inside – my thoughts and negative feelings began to take control over me. “I just cannot forgive”. “How can I live with this person… I don’t even feel loved in this relationship”. “I’m not being understood”. During that time, my car stereo was playing an audio Bible and it was at Romans Chapter 5.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:6-8).