We Lose Our Respect for the Marriage and Each Other
When the glimmer of first love begins to wear off, we may begin to take our partner for granted and not do the things we should such as continuing to show appreciation, apologizing when we’re wrong, or showing our spouse the same courtesies we might show a stranger.
How many times have you found yourself giving a short or rude reply to your spouse, made unfair demands, lied, been stingy with attention or affection, and so on just because he or she is “yours” or because you felt you could get away with it?
Understand that every time we don’t hold our loved ones in the esteem they deserve, show them disrespect, or fail to make them feel loved and wanted, it chips away at the marriage. Discontent is a breeding ground for infidelity, conflict, resentment, and so many other relationship killers. Instead, the marriage needs to be protected and coddled like a precious and fragile treasure and not allowed to become commonplace or routine.