So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.
In the dating world, it is said that first impressions are very important. A shampoo company ran an ad a few years ago with the line that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And certainly there is truth in the idea of first impressions because many people do judge a book by its cover.
But when you are in a relationship, particularly marriage, those first impressions are long gone. You know each other in and out and you know what to expect from each other. You’ve seen your wife early in the morning without makeup on and she’s smelled your nasty morning breath. You know who the other is to the core and you’ve accepted it.
Lasting relationships are built upon knowing and accepting who your spouse is. Most failed relationships are a result of the fact that you never knew the person to begin with. It was built upon physical attraction and other superficial qualities. It’s fine to be attracted to your spouse and in fact it is encouraged but you must like who a person is deep down as well in order for the relationship to survive.
Good impressions deal with the opposite problem. Relationships often reach the point where you are comfortable with each other and that is a good thing. It means that you know each other’s faults and you accept them for what they are. But it can also come across to the other person that you no longer care. This is why good impressions are always important. It’s good to be comfortable with one another but every once in a while make sure to show that you care and pretend like you’re trying to make a first impression again.