Is Your Marriage Suffering Because You Won’t Let Go?

BY: - 13 Dec '13 | Marriage

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Marriage is absolutely wonderful.  It’s also incredibly hard.  No matter how much you love your spouse, there will be rough patches—moments that you struggle to survive.  It’s inevitable.  Any couple that tells you things are always rosy either hasn’t been married very long, or they are lying.

When you face challenges in your marriage, there should always be an attempt, by both parties, to make things right.  Maybe you need counseling, or maybe you just need some time, but giving up when things get hard shouldn’t be your impulse.  Efforts to restore things have to be made before you walk away from a commitment you made before God (great efforts).

But once the effort has been made and you both decide that this thing you have is worth fighting for, how does it serve your marriage if you can’t let go of the wrong doing.  Are you really fighting for your partnership if you continue to relive whatever caused the initial damage?

I am not implying that working through something as serious as cheating, for instance, is easy.  However, I am saying that if you take the time to work on your marriage and you decide to forgive your spouse (if there is a need for forgiveness depending on what’s going on in your marriage), things will never truly work out if you continue to live in the past.  Your marriage will never be repaired if you aren’t able to let go.

When you can’t let go and you continue to bring up an old grievance, you are simply communicating that you are not over it – that you are still angry and hurt.  There is nothing wrong with being angry and hurt.  It’s a normal emotional. But if you plan to be angry and hurt forever, never truly moving past what happened, your marriage is destined to fail.

Letting go is not easy. It’s very hard to do.  But once you choose to put in the work to improve your marriage, you are also choosing to eventually let go (and by eventually, I don’t mean 3 years later).  This idea of letting go is not just about the big stuff either.  It’s about those every day things  (the kids, chores, expectations) that can cause a rift in your marriage and working through those things without later bringing them up all the time.

When you are unwilling to let go, it causes just as much damage as an unwillingness to work through your issues in the first place.  They go hand in hand, because you really haven’t worked through anything if you are having any lingering emotions that cause you to relive what went wrong. Put in the work, choose to forgive, and let it go.  It’s the only way to strengthen your union.

BMWK Family, is there something in your marriage that you need to let go of?

About the author

Martine Foreman

http://www.candidbelle.com

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Martine Foreman is a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger. To get tips for living your best life and also follow her crazy journey as a busy mom, wife, entrepreneur and honest chick from Brooklyn (now living in the burbs), check out her personal blog, CandidBelle. Martine resides in Maryland with her husband, two kids and crazy cat Pepper.

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10 WordPress comments on “Is Your Marriage Suffering Because You Won’t Let Go?

  1. Monique

    This is a great post; something I have heard to learn over time before I got married. It’s not easy letting go but when you want something bad enough and want to fight for your relationship, you will see that holding on to things just isn’t worth it after all.

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  2. Anonymous

    This is a excellent piece. Somtimes there are lots of things and its too much to let go no matter how much you want to.

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  3. E.Payne

    So true. It’s critical to be able to forgive and move on. I think people struggle with the idea that they can’t forget, and for some people forgetting may be an impossibility. The key is not to be driven back down the path of anger. To your point: Let it go.

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  4. Gyver Mutale

    Youre the best.im guilty as charged hahaha.its sad to realize how unfair iv been,but its great to come across this thread.i always thought i had a great reason to be mad when i always brought things of the past back and making all the evident referenced.but yes i noticed it made my partner weaker,en less confident it things she wants to do.i learned that i had been attackin her so bad with her past mistakes.i felt guitly en rude en ugly later.i hope she can brighten up back to her old positiv self.i really love her

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  5. Cindy

    Great article. I enjoyed reading both parts and come to realize that letting go is hard. My husband had an affair not long after we were married and I found out about it about a year later. I forgave him and we were trying to move on when he had another affair. This one is hard because she is (was) a friend of mine. Letting go has not been easy for me this time. We are still apart.

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  6. Anonymous

    this is so true but sometimes you need the other who caused you hurt & pain to help you in that respect! say if the husband or wife commits adultery & you forgave but they continue to be friends & mingle with that person, doesn’t almost give a since that they value that person more than you? now even if you are willing to let go & forgive but sometimes you have to let go of the person for your well being!

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    1. cindy

      Anonymous…your comment is so true. They continue to mingle, dance, party and everythong together. I just found out, not going to approach her but it is hard. I don’t trust him. Just him not having his phone on around me is an issue. You are right letting him go is the best.

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  7. Anonymous

    Let it go. I tell myself this everyday, but as soon as he say something that I don’t like I always find myself reminding him of the past. Like one of the other comments say maybe it’s to much to let go of. I forgave but I will never forget.

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