Someone I know announced an affair via social media. I don’t know this individual well, and I certainly don’t know details about the marriage. Here’s what I do know:
Adultery hurts people.
We all know that people often fake it on Facebook. What appeared to be a solid marriage may have been rocky for a long time – maybe since the start. But no matter what the situation is, my response must be: No, I will not celebrate your affair with you.
As a counselor and social worker, I have seen the heartache that affairs cause. The sadness, shame, and sleepless nights. But you don’t have to be a therapist to know that. We all know people that have been hurt by adultery. And we all know people who have been the ones to cause the pain.
Under no circumstances is infidelity the answer. You may feel better for a while – more loved, more fulfilled. But like my mama always said, “You can’t build happiness on the broken hearts of others” (or something like that.) I knew a man (or two or three) who had an affair with a woman and left his wife to marry her. Where are they now? Divorced. Again. Sadly, I am sure no one is surprised.
Think for a moment about the pain caused to other people – especially when children are involved. Do you really want them to say that “Mom left dad for someone else?” (or “Dad left mom for someone else?”) What about your relationship with God? Think of the pain created as you break the hearts of the one you vowed to (your spouse) and the One you vowed in front of (God). So often, adultery leads to divorce. And this causes even more pain for everyone involved.
Some people have gotten divorces for what many believe to be biblical reasons. Some have not. Some have been left by their spouses. Some have done the leaving. Regardless, please know that if you are having or have had an affair, or if you have had or are going through a divorce, you can experience forgiveness through Jesus Christ. There is grace – abundance grace – offered!
Yet, you don’t have to get to this place (or get there again). Marriage can be tough. If you need help making it work, seek marital counseling. Having an affair is not the answer.