“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens

The more familiar someone is, the more we’re tempted to “let our hair down”, to “be ourselves”…but so often it’s simply an excuse to be hard-hearted where we would be kind to strangers…

…to lose our temper, because we’ve seen it ALL before…

…and to deliberately hurt, at least with words, because it’s fun to launch a clever zinger and see it hit home.

Familiarity isn’t a free pass to feeling good via feeling mean.The familiarity of marriage is a privilege, and it’s supposed to be a model for our relationship with God.

Delivering that zonger isn’t so appealing now, is it?