He desperately needed that freedom to be himself and be accepted and appreciated.
As a result, Stuart developed an entirely new respect for her.
When Angela chose to forgive her husband, Stuart knew it was for real this time, and he could therefore begin to grieve his losses.
Angela discovered a whole new person—her real self—to share with her husband.
At the end of that long and arduous process, they were able to stand before the congregation and share their testimony of healing without shame.
Stuart had indulged in a short entangled affair with his secretary five years earlier.
Both Stuart and his wife vigorously assured me that they had gotten over it long ago.
Stuart, who had begun to feel like a second-class citizen in the church, could finally begin to feel better about himself, because his sin had been fully recognized by the one he had hurt—his wife.
The two have a newfound respect for each other, and the children are doing a lot better, too.
He dropped his illicit relationship and arranged for his secretary to be transferred to a distant office, and she resigned rather than move. Little did he know that a growing depression was engulfing his wife and beginning to affect her health.
When he finally brought Angela in for help, she had very little of herself left to consider her anger at Stuart. It took some digging to link her feelings of "frustration" with the incredibly swift processing of the betrayal.
When Angela finally got angry and both she and Stuart began to grieve, it was like a huge festering sore that had finally been lanced.