What about Divorce and Remarriage?
“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”Matthew 5: 31-32
What do we do if a divorce is in the picture of our life?
Matthew 5: 31-32; 12:1-12; 19:1-12
Remember, the mandate in marriage is to love, then and now, is an extreme wakeup-call that commands the husband to thoroughly exhibit all of the qualities of Biblical character in his relationship with his wife. This designates a unbroken practice of action with love and respect all of the time, not just when we feel like it. As Christ loved the church, not because it was holy, but in order to make it holy (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)!
If you love Christ as your Lord, you will respect His authority, and you will abide by His teaching.
Not your Will, but His Will be done! The church must teach the proper ways to build solid Christian relationships, and offer counseling and acceptance, or the statistics will keep climbing. We have to be on guard against the erosion of Biblical values, and damage to our beliefs and Biblical mindset (Psalm 123:3; Mark 4:19)!
The only Biblically acceptable grounds for divorce are sexual immorality or abandonment.
We all need to remember that God is a God of grace and forgiveness. However, remember also that even though we have grace, we will live with the destruction and effects that you have caused! True repentance requires that if you are in that adulterous association, you must stop it now! If you have found yourself in a sinful adulterous association, or have made mistakes, and even divorced, yes, there is hope in our Lord (Proverbs 5:15-21; Matthew 19:11-12; 1 Corinthians 6:7-11; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7)!
- The point is that marriage and divorce are never to be pursued carelessly or taken for granted! Jesus, also by this decree, liberates women, giving, and protecting their rights.
- God’s Word must always be our final court of arbitration for settling any and all arguments; if it is not, we build a house of straw on a foundation of sand!