What God Has Joined Together

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Jesus was questioned regarding the nature of marriage and the opportunity for divorce. When an eternal God puts something together, it should last forever.

Let Nothing Separate

  • By determining what issues are worthy of divorce, many people attempt to discover a way out of their marriage.
  • Due to the stubborn nature of people, God provided a civil manner through divorce to protect families from more severe calamities.
  • Jesus defined marriage as a covenant that is heterosexual, monogamous, and lifelong.

Let Scripture Clarify

  • God views trivial reasons that lead to divorce and remarriage as adulterous, sinful decisions.
  • While divorce was permitted in the Bible, it was never promoted in the Bible.
  • Scripture permits divorce for two reasons: adultery from an unfaithful spouse (Matt. 19:9) or abandonment from an unbelieving spouse (1 Cor. 7:15).
  • Scripture permits remarriage after an acceptable divorce or a spousal death (1 Cor. 7:39).

Let Grace Cover

  • Don’t commit more sin out of guilt for previous sin.
  • Divorce never completely rids you of an unwanted spouse.
  • Illegitimate divorce is not the unforgivable sin but it is a consequential one.
  • No matter the reason, God always hates divorce (Mal. 2:16) due to what it does to the person, the family, and the society.
  • The only people who live in a state of sin are those who are continually and defiantly disobedient.
  • If you feel endangered in your marriage, leave the premises without necessarily abandoning the person.
  • While divorce may seem unavoidable in some cases, never discount the power of grace.