Compromise is a key ingredient to a successful marriage. I love the example of Senator Rob Portman, who said, “My wife became a Republican when I became a Methodist.”
The marriage relationship is, of course, unique among all relationships. God spoke to men through his prophet Malachi. He described the woman as “your companion and your wife by covenant” (Malachi 2:15). You won’t find so sacred a description of any other relationship aside from one’s relationship with God.
While men and women were both created to be different, neither was created to be superior. And that’s where compromise comes in.
In his article for Psychology Today, Dr. Leon F. Seltzer writes, “Unless the compromise you agree to feels like a win/win, your relationship will end up not with a winner and loser but, ultimately, with two losers.”
Recovery Step: When marriage becomes infused with the disease of addiction, everything becomes so difficult. But there is hope – if you (a) come together, (b) work together, and (c) grow together.