Divorce for the Christian can be a complicated thing. Is divorce ever allowed? Is it okay to remarry? Let’s turn to the Bible for answers on this sensitive topic.
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What the Bible has to say about divorce.
“For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” Malachi 2:16 (NLT)
“Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”Mark 10:9
2) If your spouse is an unbeliever and he wants to remain married to you- then you stay married.
If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. 1 Corinthians 7:12,13
3) If your unbelieving spouse wants to leave then let him leave. God always wants restoration and reconciliation in your marriage, but you only have control over yourself. God has given everybody free will. You can’t force another human being to want to restore the relationship. Let them go and be filled with God’s peace.
But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you to live in peace. 1 Corinthians 7:15 (NLT)
I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9
Perhaps you are considering divorce, but you have no biblical grounds in which to do so? This is what God’s word says about it:
Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:10,11
There is great debate in the Christian community about divorce. To read a thorough perspective (and the perspective I hold to) head over to Family Life and read this article from Dennis Rainey.
If there is abuse in the marriage, read this post.
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