legitimate form of discontentment? I am aware there is a shockingly high
of Christian women who are discontent in their marriages
because their husband is not emotionally or physically
them. I have several cases in which the husband refuses
be intimate or give any physical affection to his wife. They live together like friends.
enormous gaping hole in the life of a woman who
wants a biblical marriage, and it creates a great deal of
discontentment within her. She doesn’t want
a divorce, she doesn’t want to commit adultery, she wants her husband to love her! Most women won’t talk to anyone about
their situation because it is too embarrassing to reveal their husband doesn’t
want or desire her.
love her! Her emotions are turned inward
and over time she may be diagnosed with one of several anxiety disorders, or
depressive disorders. What I typically find is the women over eats for comfort or under eats for control.
discontent for what appears to be a very
good and biblical reason? Even in such terrible circumstances as
these I must apply the same biblical solutions – I must teach her to look at her own heart.
wrong with her that he rejects her that way, that he is so cruel to her now.
reactions to being abandoned within marriage and all must be addressed biblically in the counseling relationship. Gently and compassionately, we must
help her discern what her own inner/heart issues are, and teach her to see this problem through the lens of Scripture.
to determine where her thoughts,
beliefs, and desires are focused. Is her heart focused on herself or on what God is doing in her as a result of this sad situation? You may need to challenge what she
says, and always point her back towards Christ. When her personal sin in the relationship is exposed, it must be worked through and repented of.
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