One of the best selling self-help books of all time was titled "I'm OK, You're OK."
The premise of the 1970's book was largely unproven psychobabble, but it represented our culture's mindset when it made the New York Times Best Seller list.
Over the next few decades, as self-esteem philosophy became increasingly popular, our culture shifted from "I'm OK" to "I'm Wonderful."
And part of this "I'm wonderful" attitude is our expectation that others should treat us as if we're wonderful.
This means we're slow to admit our faults and quick to point out the faults of others. No wonder we see so many divorces, family estrangements, church splits, workplace problems and neighborhood difficulties.
The truth is this: I'm not wonderful and you're not wonderful.
In fact, we're not even okay.
In reality, I'm broken and you're broken, and we live in a broken world.
That's why Scripture says:
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8
If you are struggling in a relationship, remember that we all are broken people and do your best to give grace, forgiveness, and love.