Dealbreaker Or Not? The Issue With Infidelity
Infidelity is one of the most heart-wrenching, frightening things that can shake a partnership. Even the strongest of marriages can be torn apart by an instance of cheating, so we couldn’t help but think: Why do so many people pretend they can excuse it?
As we discussed in our book, Building a Love that Lasts, there is a “character element” to marriage. What does that mean and why is it important? When that character is compromised, the partnership is placed in danger. To engage in the ultimate form of betrayal—infidelity or cheating—is to destroy the core and the heart of that relationship.
There’s a lot of gray area when it comes to what it means to be unfaithful. Here’s the whole truth about what infidelity really is: Infidelity is being disloyal to the one you love… and it is an unpardonable sin! To betray someone you purport to love is unconscionable; being unfaithful to the one you love is not conducive to a wholesome, successful, and enduring relationship. Ultimately, it is a very big break to the character element of a marriage.
Here’s the deal: There are no excuses for infidelity! There is no way to disregard infidelity or to accept it. Being unfaithful to the one you love is the biggest breach of trust you can make in a relationship. When a spouse or your lover violates the “core of trust” in your relationship, it is, simply put, to destroy the relationship.
It is our opinion, based on over 30 years of research, that the notion of character in marriage is real. To suggest otherwise is to ignore the basic tenets of successful relationships. We believe it’s time to say, “The buck stops here!” That means there are no excuses for disloyalty and infidelity to the one you love.
Over the years, we have interviewed a lot of people who are deeply in love and in healthy relationships. We have interviewed thousands of couples that taken the vow of “Until Death Do Us Part.” Now, these are not just words. To love someone for a lifetime does not occur by accident. To be in love is to do the simple things day-in and day-out of your relationship with the one you say you love. Love means lots of different things for different people, but trust us on this: You cannot betray the one you love and expect your marriage to survive and thrive.
It pains us to see couples espouse the idea that it’s OK to cheat on the one you love and assume that, with an apology, everything will be okay. It drives an arrow through our hearts to know there are people who think that betrayal is a forgiveable offense. Writers, therapists, counselors and psychologists who suggest otherwise are not only fooling themselves, they are misleading those they represent. Don’t be fooled and don’t be foolish: There is rarely ever a recovery from a relationship that sinks to betrayal, infidelity and disloyalty. Those who have been successfully married for years know this to be true.
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