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It is not unusual for a marriage to be out-of-balance or spiritually off-kilter. There are many reasons for this problem. Here are a few ideas of how two partners can be so “in love” at the beginning of their marriage and drift apart within a few years.
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Affections - Christ
They have differing affections for Christ.
One spouse is not a Christian.
One spouse becomes a Christian after they are married.
There are spiritual maturity disparities between the two partners.
There are soul-capacity disparities.
They grow at a different spiritual pace.
They have different or competing sin patterns.
One partner lies about why they are growing apart.
Partner - Self
One partner is in self-denial regarding their true self.
There are jealous, envy, bitterness, or unforgiveness issues.
Lack - Submission - Wife
There is a lack of submission from the wife.
One spouse is clueless about how to be married.
Deceit - Happening
There is willful deceit happening.
There is an intelligence disparity between them.
Family - Settings
They came from different family settings.
They relate to people differently.
Personality - Differences - Eg
There are personality differences, e.g., outgoing, introverted.
A spouse is apathetic toward the marriage.
They are competitors.
They don’t know how to disciple each other.
Husband - Conquer - Mindset - Wife - Things
The husband has a conquer and move on mindset. He has a wife; now he’s off to other things.
They have competing personal preferences.
Patterns - Persist - Spouse - Things - Reasons
When any of these patterns persist, eventually, one spouse will insist on things changing. There are two typical reasons they seek a change. (1) This spouse is more in tune with what is going on and knows things have to change. (2) The other spouse is in a sin pattern that has become evident.
The most significant issue in these situations is that the partners are on two different pages. And there is no guarantee things will ever change. If your...
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