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Lord, Your word says You hate divorce so we pray for strong marriages here in the U.S. where men and women honor their vows and Your word. We also pray for those that are going through divorce. May they be surrounded by good council and Your love.

Millennial: “Is it okay to divorce then remarry someone as Christians?” Read on…

For the third year in a row, a divorce attorney in the Nashville area, W. Scott Kimberly held a “giveaway” for free divorce representation on Valentine’s Day.

Scott stated that for many people Valentine’s Day is “another reminder that they remain trapped in a relationship that they cannot leave because of financial problems, because of a spouse who refuses to agree to a divorce, or for some other reason.” In our society where we see multiple marriages and billboards promising “quick and easy divorce”, God gives us a far different perspective.

“Marriage is to be honored among everyone, and the bed undefiled. But God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterers” (Heb.13:4).

If you’re divorced, contemplating one or single, read on. And please don’t   compromise through the seduction of living together (lifestyle fornication) or fear marrying because of discouraging statistics.

Avoid a truckload of trauma. God intends for us to enjoy a fulfilling marital relationship yet it’s true there are times divorce is necessary. Our responsibility is to reject any casual approach to the

painful shattering of a marriage covenant plus the lifelong consequences for multiple lives.

A Time of Recovery

God calls his people to recapture the sacredness and permanence of covenant marriage. The Bible records the exploits of Ezra and Nehemiah who labored together in this mission. When Nehemiah returned to find some in marital unfaithfulness and intermarriage with pagan people he was understandably furious!

He called the people to return to God’s precepts (Deut. 7:3-6). He reminded them of the tragedy of Solomon. He stigmatized the obstinate ones (Deut. 25:2-3) in a passionate display of righteous indignation openly confronting, cursing, expelling, pummeling and even plucking out the hairs of the rebellious (Neh.13).

Scripture doesn’t revel in Nehemiah’s intensity but simply records it. It highlights necessary purification and restoration of what is holy. The application for us today, especially pastors, is to not avoid addressing “hot button” issues out of fear of man and a desire to appear inclusive and non-judgmental. Cohabitation, casual divorce, pornography, homosexuality and gay “marriage” must be understood from a Biblically informed worldview so God’s people abide by His holy standards.

“Help! I Need Hope.”

It’s important to embrace God’s precepts and perspective to experience His blessings and fulfillment in marriage. If you or someone you know is headed in the direction of marital break up, push the pause button and ponder some important things. It takes humility, but remember: “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (Jam.4:6).

If you’re reading this having been through a divorce, don’t succumb to condemnation but rather reflection. Were you an unbeliever? Were you in a backslidden state and have since returned to God? If you did not have any biblical grounds for divorce, have you thoroughly repented, learned lessons and consecrated yourself to obey God without reservation?

If you’re a woman in long-standing marital tension with an unbeliever, God’s Word says that “if any do not obey the Word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, as they see the purity and reverence of your lives” (1 Pet. 3:1).

Don’t lose hope! In my 50 years of ministry I’ve seen miracles of marriage restoration – even couples remarrying each other after divorcing!

The Biblical Basis for Divorce and Remarriage

Here are three commonly accepted biblical grounds for divorce and remarriage:

1. Ongoing and unrepentant adultery (Mt19:9). Also, is it a one-time incident or ongoing pattern of behavior? Remember recently deceased Kobe Bryant admitting to adultery and how his wife, who once before filed for divorce, reversed course when he sincerely repented.

2. Abandonment by an unbeliever (1 Cor 7:15), which includes actual physical desertion and some would add ongoing physical abuse (violence) that reveals “breaking faith” (abandonment of any semblance of true faith) as grounds for separation and possible divorce. “I hate divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, because ….Mathew Henry says in his commentary…..

3. Marriage with subsequent divorce as a non-Christian: “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

A Cautionary Word

There are biblical grounds for a divorce. Yet this does not mean it’s the first recourse when God is endeavoring to mature character through submitting to a season of Biblical counseling, accountability and possibly a temporary separation. People must yield to Holy Spirit empowered obedience rather than fleshly,  convenience.

Someone once asked Ruth Graham if she ever thought about divorce with Billy. She responded, “Divorce? No. Murder? Well…” she winked.

“God hates divorce” (Mal 2:16) but there is something He hates even more: adultery. This is why he allows it as grounds to nullify a sacred marriage covenant. God hates divorce, not divorced people, because of what divorce does to everyone involved. It’s like hating cancer, not people with cancer.

In our culture people trivialize divorce. It’s a sad reality that it has become an acceptable solution to inevitable conflicts in marriage. What God is calling us to is to change our mind about divorce as “no big deal” plus stop advising it as a quick way out of problems that all couples face.

A Christian marriage is different than what the world puts forth regarding marriage which, if difficulties mount or sexual attraction wanes, makes it normal to bail out labeling it a “conscious uncoupling“ as “Goop” marketeer Gwyneth Paltrow soft peddles it.

Christian marriage is not high school dating! God ordained marriage as a covenant – a sacred and binding vow for life between one man and one woman. It is not a 50-50 proposition but giving of oneself 100% for one’s spouse based not on fleeting emotion but an unselfish choice for the greatest good of one’s mate. My wife and I admit we’ve fallen short many times in almost 44 years of marriage but we made a vow that “divorce is not an option” and we’ve enjoyed the fruit of God’s favor from our persevering and honoring covenantal commitment even as her parents did for almost 70 years.

Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here.

 

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Irma Gomez
February 22, 2020

ABBA in heaven blessed be your name. Bless our sisters and brothers that have been hurt by divorce..bring comfort with your loving arms. Allow them to hear your voice telling them how much You love them.
Also bless and protect every marriage. That Your love will always be the bond. In JESUS PRECIOUS NAME.

margaret
February 13, 2020

I know that this comment may not be well recieved,but after two divorces,(which were not necessarily Gods plan for me,nor was the abuse i suffered) I am grateful to my Lord who sustained me,and now walks with me as my companion.Lord i pray for people who are in a situation of abuse,and may even fear for their lives and sanity,as they walk out suffering in silence when the church has failed them, as mine did.(which i have since forgiven)no one spoke up,confronted the domestic violence or what it was doing to me and my children.As an survivor of DV,a person hides the shame of abuse and protects the abuser.I lift every family to you Lord that they would hear you,that they would not feel alone.open the eyes of the pastors,and give them discernment for their flock that they may truly see and counsel wisely in Jesus name.

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Laurie McLean
February 13, 2020

Father protect and heal our marriages. Strike down and destroy the lies of the enemy that come against our marriages and heal and restore us. We place our trust in You, Lord God to be our protector and our defender, our healer and our strong tower.

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Dorothy Ter Horst
February 13, 2020

Lord, please confuse the strategy of the demonic realm fueling divorce. Make one lie prove another wrong until they kill each other and fall to the ground in Jesus name, Amen.

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