5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Resolve a Conflict with Your Spouse

Every married couple experiences conflict in their marriage from time to time. None of us want to face difficult situations with our spouse, but conflict and disagreements are part of life.

Because many of us would prefer to avoid conflict, we fall into a habit of pushing our problems further and further down the line. Whatever our reasons, it’s clear that fear plays a hand in our avoidance.

The problem is, avoiding hard discussions and conflict resolution with your spouse actually makes problems worse and harder to overcome. Let’s take a look at five reasons why you shouldn’t wait to resolve a conflict with your spouse.

1. You make up stories in your head.

It’s easy to fill in the blanks for your spouse when you’re not communicating about a problem. Left to our own devices, we can easily create narratives in our own heads that explain our spouse’s behavior or the problem at hand. But that doesn’t mean we’re drawing the correct conclusions.

If you haven’t yet asked for your spouse’s motivations or point of view, it’s important to do so–before you begin deciding that you have the entire story. Getting a problem out in the open is much healthier and more constructive than getting invested in a story that isn’t true.

2. Emotions get blown out of proportion.

When we create our own narratives around an unresolved conflict, our emotions associated with the story grow. Resentment, anger, disappointment, and hurt rise from a problem left unresolved, and eventually, you won’t be able to mask your feelings.

Living in truth and authenticity with your spouse means that it’s best to let them know, sooner rather than later, that you’re upset about something. Otherwise, you may soon boil over and say or do things you regret.

3. The situation drags out longer than necessary.

Spouses often put off conflict resolution out of fear. It’s painful to have hard conversations with your husband or wife, and it can take time away from your normal routine. So, in the name of preserving routine, we often avoid the conversations for too long. By default, that means the conflict goes on for longer than it has to (or should).

In life, how we choose to use our time is of utmost importance to our work, our goals, and our relationships. If you choose to let valuable time pass before resolving a problem with your spouse, we can guarantee you will lose valuable time during the resolution process.

4. The risk of deep hurt is higher.

If you and your spouse have a long-standing, unresolved conflict, the chances of being hurtful to one another rise with the passing time. Chances are, you and your spouse are both harboring some strong feelings about the situation–or even toward one another. When these feelings come out, it can be all to easy to hurt one another deeply in the process of uncovering them.

5. The conflict is, ultimately, harder to overcome.

The best time to deal with a problem is when it begins–or as early as possible afterward. Letting a conflict fester, then explode, means you could easily hurt one another. When hurt and pain extend beyond the initial conflict, this season will be much more difficult to overcome.

Wrapping Up

Tackling hard conversations and resolving conflicts in marriage requires great courage. The good news is, the sooner you deal with the problems you’re facing, the sooner you can move past them.

There will be times when you’ll need to wait for a short period of time before you discuss a conflict. Appropriate timing is just as important as not putting off important discussions. But the bottom line is, you shouldn’t let a hurt fester unchecked between the two of you.

Next week, we’ll share some tips for healthy conflict resolution to show you how to get started.

How do you and your spouse handle conflict? Why? Let us know in the comments!


  • Roswitha Latta says:


  • Beth Spence says:

    Tomorrow is never promised to any of us never want to have bitter feelings left behind

  • Dave says:

    I’ve been trying to resolve this inner conflict for a long time, and it’s not easy. I’m just looking for my forever, which may never be found…..

  • Liliane says:

    I am almost get a divorce because my spouse does not talk with me aqnd we have hard problems in relation him family and because of the conflit not fixed I am losing de love, respect for him and we have our marriage dying.

  • Eve says:

    Open communication is vital in any relationship, but especially Marriage.

    We agreed when started to date that we we would have open communication-the good the bad and the ugly and not punish it hind it against one another.

    That was the one of the best things/ decision we have ever done/made. Is it easy all the time? No but necessary to avoid hurts disappointments, anger and bitterness resentment being swept under the rug, which firm lumps which firm mountains that causes you both to trip over unresolved issues.

    That lump or mountain swept under the rug it ignored or not discussed becomes so huge it will eventually divide you!

    When you decided to have that discussion and not be selfish and agree to be honest in a loving ,nurturing un condemning way, you will be surprise of the outcome.

    Remember to pray before you even start and afterwards and invite the Holy Spirit to be in total control of your conversation
    Then be open to the Holy Spirit abd to each other!

  • Ash says:

    I really stand by this in my marriage and I thank God my husband is trying daily to communicate issues with me during the moment.

    • Sam says:

      It can be hard sometimes so I definitely thank God for the victories. My initial reason for putting some of these conversations off, superficially, is to save my wife from being hurt but more often than not, that has turned to be the main reason she was hurt. It then went from her being upset about the initial conflict to her being upset at the fact that I held something like that from her for so long. I love what my wife Ash said to me after I poured out my perception of some unfounded offense. She said “I’m your wife man, I’m not some little girlfriend.” Those words did more than what she may have known because it gave me license and liberty to express my not so pleasant thoughts without fear of being ostracized by the person I care for the most. I really thank God, our mentors, and my lovely wife for being gracious. One day at a time❤️

  • Jill says:

    What do you do if your husband assumes negative motivations about you and leaves the conversation when you know before God that your heart is good and you’re trying to take steps to resolve the conflict?

    • Robin says:

      I would highly recommend re|engage marriage ministry, which is available at many churches across the US! Communication is one of the key topics covered and the impact this ministry has on couples is amazing!

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