The Prodigal Spouse

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But when he came to himself…

Luke 15:16


Many people can relate to dealing with prodigal children, but what about the prodigal spouse? This is the husband or wife who walks away from their marriage and family obligations to pursue their own interests. They leave a deep wedge of brokenness and scarring in the lives of their families. The irony of their decisions is that many of them find themselves in even worse situations than before they left. God is a God of justice and He will repay those who forsake their families.

However, just as the prodigal son came to his senses in the pig sty and made up his mind to go back home—the same can happen with prodigal spouses. However, there must be change. Without change, they are going to eventually return to their old ways. What kind of change does the prodigal husband or wife need to bring with them in order to return home?

#1) A change from pride to humility (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Prodigal spouses who want reconciliation will return in a spirit of humility—not seeking what they want; rather they will seek out what is best for the family.

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#2) A change from entitlement to thankfulness (Ephesians 5:20)
Prodigal spouses who are truly repentant will express genuine thankfulness to God and their deserted spouses for what they’ve done.

#3) A change from apathy to readiness (2 Corinthians 9:3)
Prodigal spouses will be ready to do whatever it takes for restoration and peace in their relationship with God and their families.

Wounds suffered from prodigal spouses take time to heal. There may need to be marital and family counseling with pastors or other counselors. Trust can’t immediately be handed over and time will tell if they can be trusted. Those who’ve been hurt by the prodigal spouses can seek wisdom and discernment from the Holy Spirit who will lead them into all truth. (John 16:13)

Prayer

Dear Lord, lead the prodigal spouses back into right relationship with You so that there can be healing and restoration in families. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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