DIVORCE

HEALING THE HEART

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A New Beginning from Brokenness

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18–19

Divorce could be described as a married couple deciding they no longer want to fulfill their commitment to marriage. Although usually only one of the two partners initiates the action, both may have contributed to the breakup to some degree.

Divorce is a shattering experience, and its wounds heal slowly. It takes time for the parties to get things sorted out so that they are able to deal objectively with themselves and their situation. It may be difficult for them to cut through all the feelings of alienation, rejection, bitterness, and confusion. With a high percentage of our nation’s marriages ending in divorce, is a challenging issue for all concerned.

New Life in Christ 

Beginning again may mean an opportunity to rebuild a marriage based on new understanding and new goals, or it may mean rebuilding hope into a life that has been broken by sorrow. In either situation, God has a wonderful new beginning for those whose hearts are given to Him. From the soil of failure sprouts “new life in Christ.”... 

“In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free.”

(Psalm 118:5) 

What Is the Biblical Perspective of Marriage?

  • Marriage is a covenant agreement in which a man and a woman are legally and spiritually joined together as husband and wife.

“She is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his.”

Malachi 2:14–15

  • Marriage includes the uniting of two, one male and one female, into one flesh.

“A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

Genesis 2:24

  • Marriage is to be a reflection of God’s covenant commitment to His people.

“I [God] will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.”

Hosea 2:19–20

  • Marriage is a picture of Christ’s sacrificial love for His bride, the church.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

Ephesians 5:25

  • Marriage is designed to be permanent until the death of one of the partners.

“By law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law of marriage.” Romans 7:2

  • Marriage is a covenant commitment that should never be broken.

“Has not the Lord made them one?… Do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”

Malachi 2:15

Question: “When I married, my husband and I weren’t Christians. Now that I am a Christian, is it acceptable in God’s eyes to divorce and marry a Christian?”

Answer: No. From the beginning, marriage has been an institution initiated by God. Any divorce results in breaking a covenant bond that God has established. The lifetime marriage contract has been transcultural from the most pagan tribe to the most advanced civilization.

“I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 5:32

God’s Heart on Marriage

  • God presents marriage as good and worthy of His favor.

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”

Proverbs 18:22

  • God sees the person you married as being the right life partner for you.

“They are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:6

  • God portrays marriage as a picture of the sacrificial love of Christ (being willing to lay down your personal rights for your mate).

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

Ephesians 5:25

  • God is not as concerned with your circumstances as He is with building ...

God’s Heart on Divorce and Remarriage

  • God guards and protects the faithful spouse in a divorce (Proverbs 2:8)
  • God allows divorce and will accomplish His ultimate purpose for you. (Romans 8:28)
  • God promises to meet all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
  • God requires self-examination when you have experienced divorce. (Matthew 7:1–5)
  • God’s heart is to bring “new life” out of the devastation of divorce. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

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Grace Filled Words:

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” 

Ephesians 5:21

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:12–13

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Isaiah 43:2

Additional Scriptures:

1 John 4:18

Psalm 23:3

2 Timothy 1:7

Galatians 6:2, 5

Psalm 119:25–32

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