Originally posted at: http://www.theresstillhope.org
If your husband or wife has been unfaithful; if they have been caught in a web of addiction, you have a decision to make. Stay or leave? Your spouse’s infidelity has opened the door for you to pick Door #1 or Door #2 with a clear conscience. No one can fault you if you decide to leave.
But before you leave, consider the testimony of one woman who was betrayed by her husband. While he demonstrated remorse, completed a clinical Disclosure, passed a polygraph, and began the long journey of recovery, none of this erased the pain. His wife had every right to leave.
But she decided to stay in the marriage. “Why don’t you leave him?” she was asked.
Her response: “I’d rather start over with someone I love than with someone I don’t know.”
The Scripture says that God “will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). The offended spouse is under no obligation to pardon her adulterous husband. But sometimes she does offer a full pardon, starting over with someone she loves, rather than with someone she doesn’t know.
Recovery Step: If your spouse has been unfaithful, carefully and prayerfully consider your next move.