“18 reasons why not to have affair”,
if you’re tempted to try it.
Part 1, of a 2 part series.
Part 2 of this post is: “When you’re tempted to have an affair”
with reasons 10-18, because it would be too long of a post for one.
But I want to talk to those who may just be thinking of having an affair.
There’s usually a period of time, when a person is just thinking of cheating on their spouse. It all starts in our minds, my friend.
Is that you right now?
Although we may justify, to ourselves, that our flirting is innocent;
it’s a dangerous game of playing with fire.
If you play too close to infidelity, you’ll eventually be burned.
So, if you’ve found yourself thinking of having an affair,
even just entertaining the thoughts occasionally,
here are some things you should consider before following through.
These are 18 reasons why not to have an affair, a warning, before you get swept up into it:
1.The affair is an illusion that life will be better with this new person.
We usually choose to only see their positive qualities. We’re often blinded to anything negative. It’s only later on, after we’ve entered into an affair, that we realize the affair actually made our lives worse.
The affair partner wasn’t an angel in disguise after all.
And would you really be happy if you married this person?
2. Secrecy and Lies will become your new normal.
You’ll begin to change into something you won’t even recognize.
Your life will be characterized by lies and deceit. The very existence of an affair needs secrecy to survive, and so you’ll find more ways to lie everyday.
Only these lies will be to the very person you vowed to love and cherish the rest of your days.Keeping those lies straight will become your part of your daily thoughts, wondering who you said what to. Callousness will easily grow in your heart as you find yourself not caring as much about your former values, like you once did.
3. Your secret will find you out.
You will be caught eventually. Part of the illusion (#1) is thinking that you won’t be caught. It may not happen immediately, or next month, but it will happen.
Secrets don’t stay secrets for very long. People usually like having the latest gossip on others. So once people find out, your ‘secret’ will likely spread like wildfire.
4. Your integrity and reputation will be lost.
No matter how many years you’ve spent building up your reputation, it only takes one act of moral indiscretion to lose it. It will deeply impact those you love, and hurt them to the core.
Those closest to you will be very disappointed, and their trust in your integrity often won’t return for many years. Some friends you’ve known for years will leave the friendship, as they
can’t stay friends with a ‘cheater’. Trust me, it happens all the time.
5. ‘Do as I say not as I do’.
Anyone who looked up to you, or who trusted you, won’t value what you say as much now.
It’s difficult to tell our children to not do drugs when we do them ourselves. So it is with adultery.
The values we taught them will look hypocritical now, particularly with our children.
That respect is not impossible to return, but it’s a very long road back to being a moral example.
(this one breaks my heart, to think of how deeply I hurt my own sons.)
6. Your spouse’s trust in you will be lost.
Sometimes that trust can eventually return, but sometimes it cannot.
Even if your marriage does eventually survive, trust takes a lot of work, and many years to return.
Living under suspicion is never a fun place to be and you’ll have to explain your actions and whereabouts for awhile.
7. You’ll spend years putting your life back together.
The guilt and shame you’ll feel about yourself will likely linger a long time. The lie is that we’re ‘only’ being unfaithful in our marriage.
But the reality is, we’ve broken trust and relationships with others in our lives too.
And the fact is, we hurt ourselves, and our own souls, in the process as well.
8. Guilt and shame will become your new companions.
You’ll find it hard to shake the guilt and shame at first.
No matter how much you ignore those feelings, your own moral convictions will prove you do.
You can ignore the convictions for a while, but they’ll grow bigger and get louder. It’s called our conscience.
And if you continue on, you risk a hardened and cold heart. That’s not much better.
Overcoming the shame from infidelity isn’t an easy thing to do.
9. Nobody usually ever “affair’s up”.
This means the person you have an affair with, is most likely way lower on the scale of moral integrity, conviction and positive character traits.
Maybe they’re more attractive, or they make more money.
But the fact is, most people “affair down” not up. Look at it closely, is this person really better than your spouse?
Where is their maturity, loyalty, spirituality, integrity and other important character traits?
Just the fact that they’re willing to cheat with you, shows their character is lacking.
True Love rejoices in the truth. Is this person encouraging you to be truthful or to lie?
Here are some other posts you might also find helpful:
If you’re already caught in the trap of an affair:
read my post on breaking off an affair.
Also be sure to check out our Affair Recovery Resource Library for a lot of free resources.