“Then beware of the weed of physical separation. This will destroy the garden of marriage with not much effort. Too many Christians have bought the world’s lie that absence makes the heart grow fonder. That is not true. Absence makes the heart grow harder. It makes the heart grow fonder towards someone else. Usually. That’s the warning of I Corinthians chapter 7, first five verses, where Paul warns us against marital separation, mainly because of the overcoming power of sexual temptation that opens the gate of the marriage garden and lets the devil in to do his work. So Paul would say yes, absence does make the heart grow fonder: fonder towards someone else outside of the marriage. If you have separated from your spouse, then let me urge you with all that is in me: return. Return. End this time of self-justifying sin, kill the nasty weed of physical separation, before your marriage is destroyed forever.” (30:50-32:20)
Excerpted from a sermon by Paul Tautges.