One reason to stay married is for the kids. Research shows that children do best in homes with their two married, biological parents. The overwhelming evidence caused David Popenoe, professor of sociology to state: “In three decades of work as a social scientist, I know of few other bodies of data in which the weight of evidence is so decisively on one side of the issue: On the whole, for children, two-parent [man/woman] families are preferable.… If our prevailing views on family structure hinged solely on scholarly evidence, the current debate would never have arisen in the first place.”
Karl Zinsmeister, a leading researcher on the family, agrees. He states, “There is a mountain of scientific evidence showing that when families disintegrate, children often end up with intellectual, physical, and emotional scars that persist for life.… We talk about the drug crisis, the education crisis, and the problem of teen pregnancy and juvenile crime. But all these ills trace back predominantly to one source: broken families.”
Another reason to stay married is for yourself, as well as to please Jesus. Yes, marriage is hard work, but it is worth it. You have to hang in there during the difficult times. Remember the vows you made on your wedding day. Jesus stated only one reason for divorce. Matthew 5:32 states, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress.” Remember that God hates divorce. He loves you, but He knows the turmoil that divorce causes. Malachi 2:15, 16 states, “Has not [the LORD] made them one? And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ‘I hate divorce,’ says the LORD God of Israel.”