Wilting Daisies Or Bruised Reeds Cheaters Are NOT!


When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. – I Corinthians 13:11, NIV

Let’s get something straight:

A crushed “delicate flower” or a “bruised reed” does not have the energy to launch an adulterous campaign of deception and gas-lighting.

They are a puddle on the ground. Broken. With no more energy to make excuses and lie. They are malleable humbly understanding they need help having reached their own limits. If they are the adulterous spouse, they realize the futility of trying to control the narrative and fix themselves as they realized they have just failed spectacularly on both accounts. They know that the music has stopped, and they “got nothing.”

On the other hand, the real “bruised reed” or “crush flower” is the faithful spouse as they sit there gutted by the truth of their spouse’s contemptuous betrayal. One look into their hollowed out eyes ought to make that obvious to anyone courageous and caring enough to see their bludgeoned and bleeding souls.

And let’s get another thing crystal clear:

The one who bruised or crushed the faithful spouse is the adulterous spouse. 

The faithful spouses are the ones needing support, tenderness, and protection. And they are the ones who ought to be protected from further shame and blame as they are the innocent ones in this. The faithful spouse did not commit adultery. And they certainly did not cause it. The wickedness in the heart of the adulterous spouse caused the adultery as Jesus unequivocally taught (e.g. Mark 7:21).

Furthermore, treating an adulterous spouse as a “bruised reed” or “delicate daisy” is a great way to be the adulterous spouse’s stooge.* When church leaders take action or inaction to protect the reputation of an adulterer/adulteress, they are helping them hide the truth and avoid making actual changes. In other words, church leaders are helping them avoid repenting of their sin.

Someone who is truly repentant owns their sinful actions and poor decisions. They realize a consequence of bad behavior means they will have to earn back the reputation destroyed by their own behavior. People knowing the truth is not the problem. The problem is their sin.

If the adulterous spouse is more upset about people knowing than by what they did to their spouse, then such is a strong indicator that they are not truly repentant.

Someone walking in the light does not need the cover of shadows and darkness anymore.


*I’ve been reading Dr. George K. Simon in his book, Character Disturbance:The Phenomenon Of Our Age. His firm approach towards character disturbed individuals has influenced this post as well as his call to professional counselors to not treat everyone the same (see especially pages 36, 39-40, and 55-56 in his work). Also, he warns about how character disturbed individuals are good at manipulating even professional counselors.

8 thoughts on “Wilting Daisies Or Bruised Reeds Cheaters Are NOT!”

  1. Your remark regarding Dr Simon s warning about how character disturbed individuals are good at manipulating professional counselors…resonates. My spouse very much like this.

  2. {{{{APPLAUSE / APPLAUSE!!!}}}}

    I do believe you just hit a Grand Slam, my friend!

    In some ways, this is one of your very best posts, as it sums everything up in a nutshell! (and I have been reading Every. Single. One!)

    Yeah, the ‘crushed reed’ scripture was one my STBXH often pointed to in an attempt to ‘salve his own soul’ and prove to me I was being ‘too hard on him’.

    He also claimed that Psalms chapter 38 was his new favorite passage (written by REPENTANT King David) claiming that was just exactly how he, as a ‘repentant one’, felt as well. All well still being in a full-blown affair with the Pig. Can you say twisted & hypocritical’?!

    Thank you for being a sane voice in an insane world of debauchery!

    ForgeOn, DM….ForgeOn!

    1. Thanks, ForgeOn!

      And the hypocrisy plus audacity of cheaters is truly astounding. Yours is not an exception. Just crazy! God knows better. They are just fooling themselves in the end, sadly.

  3. I’ve read that book twice and have actually spoken with Dr. Simon on his show. I find his concepts to complement the Word of God. The thing that stands out most to me is that Dr. Simon’s concepts aligns with the fact that we are all sinners, while traditional psychology come from a standpoint that people are basically good but compensate for wounds, insecurities and other underlying issues. He acknowledges evil and is not afraid to judge something for what it is. So often society deems it politically incorrect to make judgment calls. This fake “tolerance” is really a false sense of civility that is perpetuated by the enemy to confuse and provides a means to diminish objective reality. I think most people confuse discernment with condemnation.

    What I love about this blog DM is doing the same thing – telling it like it is. Jesus came not to unite but to separate. I think people are just too concerned with a false sense of niceness to appreciate this concept. And as such this false tolerance is weakening the countries moral fiber.

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