Oil on Canvas
38.5" x 52.5"
Relationships are hard work. The commitment to love another flawed human being is constantly challenged by circumstances and disagreements, and really it all boils down to a problem of pride. Pride feeds anger and gets in the way of reconciliation. It's so hard to look past our own sense of justice and see the person we love as more important than our need to be right. Add into this equation the different ways people face conflict, and arguments can begin to eat away at the promises two people made to each other. We must find a way to gain perspective on what's truly important so that these moments of dissension pass without lingering consequences. Love is about sacrifice, forgiveness, and grace; these things go against our very nature to demand our own way, and it is these things that we must choose if we are to have healing relationships instead of hurtful ones.
This particular piece illustrates the space and emptiness that conflict wedges into a loving relationship. This feeling can be crippling, and it is easy to get lost in that aloneness, simply because we are too stubborn to look past it all. Conflict is a part of every real relationship, and the point is to learn how to work past it, and not let the large, empty space engulf you whole.
"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you."
- Ephesians 4:32