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Can Respect Win Back a Disobedient Husband Who Had an Affair?

A wife has discovered that her husband had an affair with a coworker for nearly a year, and is struggling to trust him again. Emerson suggests that there is hope for the restoration of their marriage, although healing from such serious offenses can take years. Despite the husband's infidelity, Emerson encourages the wife on two fronts, first with what does respect look like in a situation like this, then what faith can look like.

Questions to Consider

  1. How do you reconcile the conflict between wanting to hold your spouse accountable for their actions while also trying to extend grace and forgiveness?
  2. What steps can you take to build trust and reestablish a healthy relationship after infidelity?
  3. Can you separate the person from their behavior and show love or respect towards them despite their wrongdoing? How can you do this effectively?
  4. In what ways can you rely on your faith to navigate a difficult situation such as infidelity and work towards healing and reconciliation?