You mentioned the "3 A" as reason for divorce. Does emotional and verbal abuse qualify as justification for divorce?
The question is what does emotional and verbal abuse mean to you? If your spouse yells at you once in a while, or doesn’t tell you they love you for a period of time; then that is a issue needing to be worked on, not abuse. If they are demeaning who you are on a daily basis, calling you names as a routine and causing your opinion of yourself to diminish then that would be different. Controlling your decisions and activity could also be abuse.
We at times, as we are growing in our understanding of the Lord Jesus, still make poor decisions on how we handle conflict with our spouses and talk to them inappropriately that could translate into verbal and emotion abuse. Though in reality it isn’t abuse, it is not walking in the full freedom of our Christianity. We need to learn to deal with conflict and confrontation without allowing our own emotions taking over as the basis of handling things. If we prefer one another then we will deal with them in kindness.
Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 5:11 PM CDT