Causes of Third Parties in Our Marriages

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Most times people that intrude in our marriages take the cream of the marriage and leave the couple in problems. They can use the resources the couple has and finally the marriage becomes unstable or can easily break up.

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Causes of Third Parties in Marriage:

Causes of Third Parties in Marriage Most times people that intrude in our marriages take the cream of the marriage and leave the couple in problems. They can use the resources the couple has and finally the marriage becomes unstable or can easily break up. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 1

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Intruders do not show up unexpectedly. They are a sign of some deeper issues in the marriage. They are the fruit, not the cause of the problem. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 2

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People intrude into our marriage when we experience some form of struggle in our marriage. It is not that they haven’t been there all the time, but now we are more willing to allow them to come between us and our spouse. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 3

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When a marriage contains conflict or hurt, we tend to busy ourselves in other people and activities, because that is less painful than facing some seemingly unsolvable problem at home day after day. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 4

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O ther reasons for people to intrude in our marriage have to do with weaknesses in our character, which become more apparent as the intimacy between us and our spouse grows. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 5

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We have to bring the real issues, which promote the presence of Third Parties in our marriage, to light and deal with them first. Let us look at some of the most common issues. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 6

Causes of Third Parties in Marriage:

Causes of Third Parties in Marriage 1. A natural consequence of intimacy The very nature of emotional intimacy can become one of the reasons for vulnerability to outsiders. Intimacy means that you get to know your spouse as he/she really is, with all his/her strengths and weaknesses, positive characteristics and faults, sins, and imperfections. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 7

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Because there is no need for barriers, you are the one person who is allowed to see it all. And you will discover many aspects of his/her personality that you have never anticipated during courtship. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 8

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Even worse still, you will discover some negative traits that you would have never believed to have in your own personality and your spouse has to suffer from them. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 9

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I f you are not yet able to deal with such discoveries, the growing intimacy between you and your spouse makes your marriage vulnerable to threats and result in fear. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 10

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Fear of being rejected by your spouse for your flaw. Fear of feeling increasingly inadequate or like a total failure Fear of having to admit dependency and need for help Guilt that you may be draining your spouse by your problems Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 11

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You may not be ready to handle the negative sides of your spouse for several reasons. For instance: Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 12

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You may want your spouse to be stronger than he really is. You may be disappointed in his imperfections You may not be able to tolerate living with a sinner You may only accept positive emotions Your spouse’s faults may remind you of your own Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 13

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If you lack compassion and forgiveness, you may begin to distance yourself from your spouse when you experience his/her negative sides. You react to his/her problems by passing judgment on him/her and pulling away emotionally, which in turn will allow third parties to step in between you two. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 14

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Your inability to deal with the growing intimacy between you and your spouse will cause a problem. Whether you can’t accept your own imperfections or those of your spouse, your withdrawal is a threat to the integrity of your marriage. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 15

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The only solution to this problem is to take responsibility for the issue and begin to reconnect. You may have to admit your fear to your spouse. Quite often you will find out that your fears had little to do with reality. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 16

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It is very helpful if a couple learns signaling to each other when one feels that either love and truth are not present. If you are too scared to show some negative truth to your spouse, you may have to talk about this fear first. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 17

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2 Not knowing your limits Another common reason for the presence of intruders in a marriage is that one or both of the spouses may not be aware of their own limitations. They may care a lot for each other, but nevertheless spend a lot of time and energy on other things. The do want to be involved with their spouse. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 18

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So the moment for being involved with their spouse never comes, at least not often enough. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 19

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The problem has not just to do with the “limitless” spouse, who jeopardizes the marriage by giving too much room to the outside world. It also has to do with the people who enable this kind of behavior and protect him/her from seeing the natural consequences of his/her actions. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 20

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The careless spouse doesn’t realize that he/she is sowing destruction, because someone else carries the consequences for him/her. He/she overcommits his/her time, he/she comes to his/her rescue and organizes his/her schedule. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 21

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He/she overspends, he/she figures out how to get them out of trouble again. He/she is the one who suffers. The intruders win and the couple loses. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 22

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3 Taking the marriage for granted The couple adopts the mentality that everything is o.k. as long as no major crises are going on. In a sense, they take the marriage for granted and do not work on it unless they are really in trouble. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 23

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Marriage can go a long time before you feel the influence of intruders getting between the two of you. You will hardly notice how you drift slowly from a deep connection into a comfortably numb one. You are not inside each other’s hearts anymore because other things have occupied them. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 24

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Marriage does not start at the wedding and goes on forever all by itself. It needs to be worked on day by day! And it will be only as good as the investment you make in it. You either grow and deepen the connection to your spouse, or your marriage will start to deteriorate. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 25

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When a marriage deteriorates, there are always warning signs such as: Increasing withdrawal Unresolved differences from which the couple simply walks away Preferences for others to meet needs that the marriage used to meet Interests and relationships that your spouse does not talk about Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 26

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VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK OVER AND OVER How do you feel about our relationship? Is there anything that I do that hurts or bothers you? In what area should we be closer?” Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 27

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4 Problems in setting boundaries with others Third parties intrude into our marriages because we have never learned to say no to other people. We give everything for the people around us and people love us for this . Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 28

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There is only one person who is disappointed – our own spouse By not saying no to others, we say no to our spouse. Kigume Karuri Saturday, July 23, 2016 29

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Although you have responsibilities to the outside world and should be faithful in your job and active in your church, your top priority should be your spouse Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 30

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5 Inability to live with differences Sometimes a couple allows the outside world to intrude into their marriage because one or both of the spouses cannot deal with the differences between them. As they realize that their views are not concurring- they begin to invest more and more time and energy in separate activities and friends- until they are more invested in them than in their marriage. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 31

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The marriage should be the home base for our feelings and souls. If you go to the outside because our spouse is so different from us, you have become the victim of a huge misconception. Being different is not a problem for a marriage. In fact, it should be a benefit, because the alternative viewpoint of your spouse can enlarge your horizon. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 32

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The ability to deal with differences is a sign of our maturity. If we can’t accept the differences of our spouse, we easily become the prey of intruders who agree with us. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 33

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You don’t have to give up your own reality in order to understand your spouse’s different viewpoints. If you’re mature, you can appreciate the sentiments of your spouse and come to a negotiated agreement, using love, values, principles, and also sacrifice. Your differences do not create a problem in your marriage. Immaturity does. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 34

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YES ! WE CAN SAY NO TO THIRD PARTIES TO SAVE OUR MARRIAGES. Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kigume Karuri 35

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