By Gina Weiss
“Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more” (Luke 12:48).
In an opening segment of The Doctor Is In, Dr. Ray Guarendi shared with listeners that sometimes clients leave therapy angry because he tells them something they don’t want to hear.
The example he delved into pertained to couples struggling in their marriages, particularly if one spouse professes to be a follower of Christ while the other does not.
Dr. Ray said that more is demanded of the Christian spouse by virtue of their profession of faith. He’ll ask the Christian of the two what it means to be a Christian. They mention love, forgiveness, tolerance, and sacrificial behavior. He then tries to explain to the Christian spouse that more is required of them for being a believer.
But many people don’t want to hear that because it sounds unfair. Dr. Ray clarified that his advice does not give the unbeliever permission to have adulterous relationships but that in day-to-day living more is required of the religious spouse.
It can be easier to pray the Rosary and attend daily Mass than to give all we are in a marriage that seems one-sided.
We are inclined to measure how much love, patience and forgiveness we’re shown so that we can mirror it. But when we’re standing before God He won’t ask if we gave only as much as the other but if we gave all we had – just as Our Lord did for us.
“Then He said to all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, He must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
This episode of The Doctor Is In aired at 1 pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.
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