Just Say No To Naysayers

“Will anyone support my decision to try to save my marriage?” This was the thought that ran through my head time after time as family and friends continued to discourage the position I took to save my marriage. I was believing for a miracle turnaround, but most of my loved ones thought I was a fool. The naysayers almost got the best of me.

no to naysayers

I understood the naysayers were only concerned about my well-being. They did not want to see me hurt more than I already was. And the truth is if I had wanted to end my marriage I would have appreciated their support for that.

But, I did not want to give up on my marriage. And by the grace of God, I found the one person who would stand with me and encourage me to believe for my marriage to be restored when no one else would. He was the pastor of my dad’s church and he soon became my new pastor. He had seen his own marriage restored and he was a firm believer in what God can do to turn lives and marriages around.

One voice disagreed with the naysayers

I will never forget how valuable Pastor Jerry was in our lives. Though many times I felt like giving up because my situation seemed so grim. It was his voice that kept me believing in what God could do. He helped me get beyond the pain of betrayal and rejection and see my wife as a victim of sin’s destructive bondage. He helped me understand her condition. With his help, I learned she was in bondage to something stronger than she was. Something that was so strong that it took a Savior dying on a cross to conquer it.

From that time own I learned a great lesson about who I let speak into my life. I learned that I could find support for whatever I wanted to hear. If I wanted encouragement to have faith in God, I found someone for that. If I wanted someone to jump on the bandwagon of my own self-pity, I knew who I could turn to. And if I wanted someone to take up my cause and be as offended as I was, I knew who would do that too.

One voice matters

I sometimes wonder, what if? What if I had not had that one voice in my life, where would I be? Where would my marriage be? Well, there is really no doubt in my mind about that. I don’t believe we would have made it through that third season of marriage trouble and certainly don’t believe we would have made it through our fourth and final season of trouble.

Because, although Pastor Jerry was not that involved with me during that fourth season, it was the impact he had made on me eight years earlier that still made a huge impact on the way I handled our marriage crisis.

Our turn

So now, fast forward many years later and Pastor Jerry’s voice still has a huge influence on our lives. Because it is now our voice that stands with a hurting spouse and says, “don’t give up, with God nothing is impossible.” Regardless of the situation and how bleak it may appear, we refuse to be naysayers. We refuse to say someone’s marriage cannot be saved.

Sometimes it puts us on opposing sides of other people who would prefer that one spouse give up on a marriage where they have been hurt. And there are times we can certainly understand why everyone else would say that a marriage is over and a hurting spouse should move on.

But because of that one voice that was in our life and our determination to be that one voice for anyone else, we find it impossible to say when someone should give up on their marriage. Even when the situation does require separation we still hold out hope that the marriage can be saved.

We will not be naysayers

Are we overly optimistic? Maybe. But again it is not about a spouse’s behavior we are believing in, it’s about the redemptive power of the cross that we are firmly standing for. We know without Christ, people will repeat their old behavior patterns over and over again. But through Christ, we know that “all things become new and old things pass away.”

We will make no apologies for believing this way. Because it is ultimately God that we are believing in and not man’s abilities. After all the things He has done in our lives, what else can we believe?

And we do not mean to be judgmental toward anyone who has decided to give up on a marriage. We know those decisions are hard and very traumatic. And we know that the same grace that is there to save a marriage is the same grace that will carry a spouse through their decision of giving up.

But this one thing you can be sure of. If you are the spouse who wants to save your marriage. And you’re looking for someone to stand with you regardless of what the circumstances look like. Then you have come to the right place.

The only thing is, you will have to put a stop to the voices that want to discourage you. You will have to say no to the naysayers.

Question: Would you hang on to your marriage if you had the right voices giving you encouragement? 

24 Comments

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much! I am so grateful to have found your website. My fiance’ and I “separated” almost three months ago when I found out he had been carrying on an emotional affair for the five months prior. We officially broke up 5 weeks after the separation when he admitted his relationship with this woman had become physical. I have never prayed so much in my entire life. God told me to “be patient”. I know this man’s heart, and it is beautiful, and I know that he loves me. He is 65 and I just turned 60 (yesterday).
      I would not see him for almost 4 weeks. In the past two weeks, he has come by my house a few times, and twice we have had very REAL conversations, with him showing incredible introspection (that I’ve never seen before).
      I know that he has been hurt and used in the past and he told me that he knows he’s erected walls around his heart. He allowed me to place my hand over his heart and pray for God to bring those walls down and heal him.
      I prayed that God would show him this other woman’s true character as soon as we split. Apparently, one week after we broke up, this happened. I don’t know the details, but I don’t need to.
      He told me that he just doesn’t know who he is right now. He asked me if we could be friends for now. I told him I have always been his friend and I would never stop because he is the love of my life and I have made promises to him and to God that I will not go back on.
      I am believing and trusting that God is and will continue to work to bring healing to him, and to our relationship. We both know that God put us together. I have never loved anyone the way I love him, and I believe this will work for our good.
      I have forgiven him. He knows I have forgiven him. I have done the same thing in my life and God has redeemed me from the brokenness that caused such immature, addictive, and hurtful behaviour. So, I understand all the in’s-and-out’s of the thought processes and the “thrill”, and every other element present in infidelity.
      My constant prayer is that God redeem my beautiful Joe to Himself. He knows God, but has a distorted view of who God is (his father was a Pentecostal minister…not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
      Joe’s 101-year-old mother and I pray together and stand together in our trust that God will work miracles in his life and bring us back together in harmony to serve Him.
      Thank you so much for your encouragement!!

  1. jackandjanet

    Thanks David, we really appreciate your support. Blessings to you brother!!!

  2. Wayne

    Thank you! I also need those that will hang with me and confess Encouragement & Hope during this time, over 3 years now, to continue to seek & believe for healing of my marriage!
    Praying for God to send those that believe in committment to honoring the Covenant of Marrige we both established into my wife’s life. Provide Encouragement and speak Hope for healing our marriage she is not actively believing or attempting to save! Remove from her life, those that speak doubt & discouragement for hope of anything healing the past, present or future.

  3. jackandjanet

    Wayne, I hate that you are going through this. 3 years is a long time and I’m sure it has been very hard. I have never been through that length of time standing and believing for my marriage, so I don’t have any right to say I know how you feel. Except for the fact that I know it takes courage to keep standing when there seems to be no reason for hope. I know your hope must be in the Lord and knowing that nothing is impossible for Him.

    We will put you and your wife on our prayer list and we will stand with you.

    God bless you and strengthen you as you commit your ways to Him.

    Jack

    • Wayne

      Just after I posted my original message, I found out my wife has filed for a final divorce. This has really shaken my life right now since I have just recently lost my job and have no income at the moment either.
      PLEASE..PLEASE …PLEASE PRAY FOR STRENGTH, PEACE, HEALING AND GOD TO BE GREAT!

      • jackandjanet

        Wayne, we are keeping you in our prayers. I know this is hard for you to go through. But just know that God does not leave you or forsake you. His grace will strengthen you and carry you through this.

  4. Kevin

    Thank you for the words of encouragement. We are coming up on ten years of marriage, and it was a slow decline since the begining. We both have our issues, but she has shut me out for most of those ten years. 3 years into marriage counseling and I am feeling burned out by promises to change followed by reasons why I am the reason for her issues. Lord show me where I am wrong, that I might do right. Help her find her path with you.
    Thank you again for the words of encouragement.

    • jackandjanet

      Kevin, we will be praying for you. I wonder if your wife may need some personal counselling for things in her past. I know that was key for our marriage turn around, because my wife was so hurt from her past she had a hard time forgiving and trusting anyone. I hope you hang in there and receive the strength you need from the Lord to keep pressing through this.
      Jack

      • Kevin

        Thanks Jack and Janet. Situation is still largely the same, but she is just now admitting that she has had walls up for years, and that there are some legacy issues from her past. Still far to distant, defensive and closed off. I am also concerned about the example of normal that it sets up for our children. We all deserve better than this, my wife included.
        Thanks again for the words and prayers. I fear I may be done though.
        Kevin

  5. Marianne

    With so many marriages failing and so many Christian ones too your words are like rain on parched forgotten soil. May god continue to encourage you and your ministry. I wish marriage was easier but I firmly believe too that the power of the cross and the forgiveness it shows can hold any relationship.

    • jackandjanet

      Thank you Marianne. Your encouragement is very much appreciated.

  6. sandra

    I have been married 4.5 years. My husband took a trip to his country that he had not seen in 14 years. By all accounts, we had a very solid marriage. He came home this past Sunday and admitted to me hed had an affair and he wasnt sure he would continue in the marriage. I am devastated and shattered, but I refuse to simply hand my marriage to the enemy! He states he is confused and needs time. I am willing to forgive him and I am believing God for a miracle. Please pray that all the bonds will be broken. That God would give this marriage new life. That we may be a testamony of the power of His healing Grace and love. I know that I will shout from the mountains of the miracles he has done. Please pray for me, Sandra and my husband Juan.

  7. jackandjanet

    Sandra we are praying for you and Juan. It sounds like you have a strong relationship with the Lord and a strong prayer life, and that’s good. We agree with you for those unholy bounds to be broken. We pray for healing in both you and Juan and your marriage.
    We will continue to pray and believe for God’s redemptive plan to manifest in your life.

    • Sanra Moncada

      Thank you. God is moving. And he is answering prayers daily. Both for my life and his. I am eternally grateful for covering me and Juan in prayers. I can feel them!

  8. Darren

    Please pray for me and my wife. I am the one that is hoping for restoration in our marriage. Married for 14 years and have two sons (11 & 9). I truly need that one voice that will support me. Thank.s

  9. TJ

    Awesome article.Gives hope and strength to move forward. Due to the fact that I too am in this position. I thank you for being able to come forward. It helps others.

    • jackandjanet

      TJ I’m glad it is encouraging to you. Thanks for commenting.

  10. Amber

    Standing is hard but knowing that one sweet day my Lord and Redeemer will remove the scales from my husband’s eyes and the hardness of his heart and that He will restore, revive, and rebuild our marriage keeps me going. I’m so incredibly thankful that He has put wonderfully supportive people in my life and He sees it fit to keep the naysayers away! God is good!

  11. WantMyMarriage

    Thanks for this post. I am divorced, but have been standing for my marriage for the the past almost 4.5 years. I am getting tired and am wanting to date. I want a family. I want my family, but my spouse is showing zero interest in me. Everyone thinks I am crazy. I sometimes feel like this an impossible task. I feel like I am losing so much time waiting on someone who does not want me when there are people out there who want to be married, who are willing to work on their marriages. I am physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally drained. . .so so tired. There does not appear to be any hope. I believe God can, but don’t understand why he hasn’t. I am constantly praying for my spouse. I am starting to doubt that I even heard from the Lord regarding my marriage. I am not married. I am not single. Who am I?

    • Anonymous

      You are a wonderful child of God, who is in a lot of pain. I have no words for you, save that you are not alone.

  12. WantMyMarriage

    God Will Restore My Marriage. So a man thinks, so is he. God knows when and how.

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