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Q. Do you think there is a time when the "left behind spouse" needs to let go and maybe consider the possibility that their spouse will never come back?

A. This is probably the most heart searching question of all. Jesus made it clear that in cases of unrepentant adultery a spouse may leave. There is no mandate to leave, but there is compassion for the violated spouse. Jesus, however, died for an unfaithful spouse; Israel is referred to as an adulterous woman and yet Jesus gave everything he had to rescue her. It makes sense then that Jesus will call many people to do the same. If you can handle it, I think it is best to hold out and believe that God can do anything, but I don't see a biblical mandate either way.