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“I Want Out!”

“I Want Out!”

The run-down house shows signs of neglect. Over the years, it has weathered many storms, not all of them successfully. Now the structure is fragile, and the collapse of the house seems imminent.

THAT picture describes the state of many marriages today. Have you ever felt that your own marriage may be heading in the same direction? If so, be assured that no couple is immune to problems. In fact, the Bible realistically acknowledges that those who marry are likely to have “pain and grief.”​—1 Corinthians 7:28, The New English Bible.

Underscoring the truthfulness of those words, one team of researchers describe marriage as “the most risky undertaking routinely taken on by the greatest number of people in our society.” They add: “What starts out as a relationship of great joy and promise can become the most frustrating and painful endeavor in a person’s lifetime.”

What about your marriage? Is it characterized by one or more of the following traits?

  • Constant arguing

  • Bitter speech

  • Infidelity

  • Resentment

If your marriage seems fragile and its collapse seems imminent, what should you do? Is divorce the answer?