3 Things to Remember Before You Call It Quits in Marriage

3 things to remember before you call it quits in marriage_thumb

 

Over the years, there have been several questions that have surfaced on my blog more than any others.  Though spoken in different ways from different people at different times, these questions usually go something like this:

“What if I’m the only one putting any effort into my marriage?”

“What if my spouse never gives, but always takes?”

“I’m so lonely in my marriage. I want to call it quits. What should I do?”

For some, calling it quits means living in the same home, but giving up on any hope of a healthy marriage.  For others, calling it quits means separation or even divorce.  Before travelling down one of those roads, I’d like to remind you of 3 vital things.

1. Remember your vows.
“To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish ‘til death do us part.”  The day you and your spouse were married was the day you promised all these things as you stood before God, before your family, and before your friends.  Remember, this commitment you made was meant to be lifelong, and calling it quits would break that unconditional promise you once made with all your heart.

2. Remember what marriage is.
Marriage was never meant to be a contract to be broken, but a covenant to be cherished. Here is the clear difference between a covenant and a contract.

Covenant

Contract

Based on unconditional love between God, a husband, and a wife Based on conditional consideration between two people
Sacrificial Action (i.e. I’ll do it no matter what you do) Reciprocal Transaction (e.g. If you do this, then & only then I will do that)
Based on Mutual Commitment Based on Mutual Distrust
Seeks to Give Seeks to Get
For Life For Now

In a nutshell, a contract is all about what you get. A covenant is all about what you give.

3. Remember the purpose of marriage.
In 8 Mistakes I’ve Made in Marriage, I shared that in my early years of marriage, I felt like an important part of Susan’s “duty” as my wife was to make me happy. I was a bit more focused on me than on us. I didn’t think so at the time, but now looking back I relied on Susan to lift me up when I was down, to help me upon command, and to meet my physical needs when called upon…just to name a few.

Did you ever think, “Once I get married, then I’ll finally be happy”?  It doesn’t take much experience in marriage to discover that this simply isn’t true.  The only person who can ever provide ultimate joy for you is God, not your spouse.  Perhaps realizing this truth means changing your expectations of your spouse. Ultimately, marriage is not about happiness, but about holiness. It’s a holy union between God, a husband, and a wife—a union established to glorify God.  

Are you thinking about calling it quits in your marriage? Have these things I’ve reminded you of helped? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • GH

    Brokenguy… the bible is very clear on this…you are not to divorce for any thing EXCEPT infidelity. if your spouse is cheating, you are FREE OF YOUR COMMITMENT! God does not expect you to suffer that indignity, ESPECIALLY if you put up with it once, and it keeps happening! Move on, find a Good wife and be happy. It could be you married the wrong person.

  • GH

    Dear nosloblonde, having an affair is unacceptable under any circumstances. That being said, what drove you to that? Why didn’t you just leave him? I might be wrong, but, the instant you start cheating, you are wrong. If he was having an affair, you should have divorced him, and moved on with your life. I am not condemning you, just saying from a biblical perspective, no one has to put up with that. Infidelity is the one reason given in the bible that allows you to divorce and move on…

  • Margie

    No… they did not help at all… my vows don’t mean jack anymore… not when he has never ever lived by them… it’s been too long and I didn’t sign up for this bulkshit… should have gotten out more than 12 years ago… 29 years and I don’t care for 30.

  • David Anthony Whitfield

    Check out the movie, “The One I Love”. You will see yourselves in it and I highly recommend it to everyone that is considering…and I am speaking to myself as well.