Many Christians see nothing wrong with divorce, at least in their own particular situation. But the Bible clearly addresses marriage and divorce. Marriage is the first institution created by God. God made the first man, Adam, but declared that it was not good for Adam to be alone.
God was revealing to Adam his incomplete nature.
God then created a woman, Eve, for Adam. He blessed them and their union and gave them the earth to rule over. See Genesis Jesus underscored the importance and sacredness of lifelong marriage in His own teachings. See Matthew The apostle Paul further taught that the marital relationship is to be an ongoing demonstration of the sacrificial love that Christ showed His church. See Ephesians Specifically, what does the Bible tell us about divorce? You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.
Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. Jesus Christ reiterated the importance and permanence of marriage.
Realities of Divorce
So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. In Colorado, for example, if one spouse files for divorce, the other cannot stop it from occurring. But are there any cases in which the Bible allows divorce? If you are concerned about whether you have biblical grounds for divorce, you will need to commit the matter to prayer and study.
You should also seek out counsel from your own pastor and, ideally, a licensed Christian counselor. The question of sin cannot be taken lightly.
There Is Still Hope for Your Marriage
But biblical grounds may exist:. There is a third instance in which we believe remarriage is acceptable in Scripture. If your spouse is the one deciding on divorce, you may not be able to stop him or her through current divorce laws. However, you can try to persuade your spouse to consider a legal separation first, which would give you both more time to consider the issue.
Pray that God will open the lines of communication between you and your spouse and that He will restore the love in your relationship. And pray for patience and a forgiving spirit. Try to resist the temptation to say angry words to your spouse or do things that would push him or her further away. Restoration does occur even in the most hostile circumstances, but it is more difficult when harsh words have passed between you.
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International copyright secured. Call Store. By Amy Desai, J. January 1, All the thoughts running through my head were from a social pressure I put on myself as a by-product of existing in Christian culture. The teachings I had heard made it clear the Bible said I was supposed to stay married unless my wife cheated on me.
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Then and only then could I divorce her and maintain my status on the moral high horse. But alas, my wife is a good wife. She never cheated on me.
So I stood at the crossroads of indecision. Or divorce the wife of my youth and incur the wrath of what I believed evangelical Christianity was going to deliver to me. G od hates divorce.
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It says so in Malachi. Naturally if I did something God hates, then his people must hate me along with him, right? I called my aunt. After filling her in on some of my frustrations with my marriage we found ourselves in a debate about divorce. Of course God hates divorce! I hate divorce. I hate what it did to my first marriage. I hate what it did to my kids. Nobody likes divorce, Adam. No one ever wants to get divorced. But God loves you. And you need to understand that he loves you more than he hates divorce. God loves you more than he hates divorce. This proclamation shook me to my core.
It flew in the face of the beliefs I was operating under. I started to cry as I let the weight of that truth impress itself on my misery.
God Hates Divorce (Duh, I know that)
He sees what my wife and I are putting each other through. T here was this overwhelming sense that God turned his face away from me as I contemplated divorce. As if me thinking something so horrible would cause him to stop caring about me and my marriage. I had taken teachings about marriage and divorce and let them breed a fear in me. This legalism ruled my approach to my relationship. I spent my time focusing on the negative fears and I had forgotten about the positive.