1. Faithfulness reflects your commitment to God. His plan couldn’t be clearer. We are called to live what we believe in our home first. Couples that stay committed for life—plain and simple—honor God and His ways. The Bible is straight up on this—God disapproves of divorce (Malachi 2:14-16). Faithfulness is a sign of putting God first. Enough said.
2. Faithfulness is an extension of the vows made on your wedding day. Marriage is a covenant between two people—like a contract. Giving your word matters. Commitment builds trust.
3. Faithfulness allows for a friendship to grow deeper over time. There is such a rich history with your spouse as with every year, there is an exclusive witness to your life—up close and personal. Your spouse shares the journey every step of the way. This kind of companionship done right is phenomenal.
4. Faithfulness brings such freedom and confidence. There are no secrets to hide, no need for covering tracks and on the other side, no worry, jealousy and need to check. One aged divorcee looking back said, “If I had spent as much time working on my marriage as I did on hiding my affair, I would have had a great marriage and still be in it today.”
5. Faithfulness prevents such turmoil of the heart. Those who have been through a split up have experienced the massive amount of emotional pain. Nobody wins in divorce. Avoid the guilt, separation, frustration, tension, distance, regret and confusion. Staying faithful allows you to stay healthy—emotionally and physically.
6. Faithfulness is a gift to your children. Your consistent love for your spouse deposits a strength, stability, and security into their lives. This loyalty brings a sense of permanence to your family. Kids thrive—research confirms it.
7. Faithfulness prevents a legacy of marital failure. With real commitment, there’s no risk of the broken family. Adult children of childhood parental divorce have a higher risk of getting divorced themselves. Don’t pass on a legacy of defeat but one of victory.
8. Faithfulness gives such an example to your children of how to do marriage right. The most permanent premarital preparation is what your kids witness in the 20+ years of living at home. Your relationship becomes the credible pattern to follow. They will be committed to in turn make their marriage great
9. Faithfulness prevents financial chaos. People overlook the incredible economic upheaval of a separation and divorce. Between the setting up of two homes, the cost of sharing kids, the lawyers and the loss of productivity and unity, the toll on the mutual pocket book can be massive.
10. Faithfulness lived out keeps an ongoing respect of the institution of the family in our society. There are too many broken homes. Work to stem the tide of family disintegration. Each family breakdown causes a ripple effect as other families in turn split up as a result (at least two).
11. Faithfulness as a precedent drives you to keep working on your marriage. When you chose that divorce is not an option, you have an ongoing commitment to not only make it work but to make it better. Being faithful is hard work but so incredibly worth it when you arrive together at a great and satisfying marriage. That’s God’s plan.