WHAT DOES BIBLE TALK ABOUT DIVORCE OR REMARRIAGE?
The Bible says that what God has joined together, let no man put it asunder. In other words, God says NO to DIVORCE or REMARRIAGE. Malachi the old prophet declares that God hates divorce.
But in another scripture; Apostle Paul talked of separation as an option to divorce.
Considering the presentdistress in marriage Paulsuggested a conditional divorce.
Blessing: The benefits of this question will bring peace to your marriage. It will generate love and help you to tolerate, have long-suffering; endure in order to save your marriage from backsliding and totally destroyed.
God does not intend to lead you into marriage in other to destroy you. He wishes you sweet union from the beginning to the end; no matter what happens; if you obey the Bible injunction.
Message: What does the Bible talk about divorce? Let us read it from Mathew 19:3.
“The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him and saying unto him, is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?And he answered and said unto them, have you not read that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said:
For this purpose shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let no man put asunder.
In Malachi 2:16, “For the Lord, the God of Israel said that he hated putting away”
If God is in your marriage; you have no alternative than to obey God. If not you do your own will as in other affairs not God’s; then are you not of God, and your marriage not of God.
Otherwise, to marry as a child of God; you must obey God’s will never to think of divorce.
WHAT OF SEPARATION FOR A WHILE?
Well, if the going is very very tough unavoidably; God permits you to separate for a while to allow the heat to cool down; to allow the Holy Ghost to walk in your marriage, restoring back love in your hearts. As it is written 1 Cor 7:10-11.
“And unto the married, I command, yet not I, but the Lord; Let not the wife depart from her husband.
But and if she departs, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband, and let not the husband put away his wife”.
And so, you can separate waiting for a time to reconcile. But how long will that be? Well, that is in your hands. With prayers, love and the spirit of Jesus in your hearts, it is possible, for God is faithful to his word.
What if you are married as sinners and one of you repents and the unrepented decides to go away or divorce, what does the Bible say about this?
“But to the rest speak I not the Lord if any brother hath a wife that believeth not and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.
And if a woman had a husband and if he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband, else were your children unclean but now are they holy.
But if the unbelieving depart let him depart, a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases, but God has called us to peace”.
This agrees with the question the disciples asked Jesus,
“They say unto him, why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement and to put her away?
He said unto them Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives, but from the beginning, it was not so”. (Math 19:8).
Apart from the hardness of heart, another reason for conditional divorce is fornication issue. Jesus said in verse 9, “Except it is for fornication” if you remarry you are committing adultery.
Nevertheless, unless you are an unbeliever; otherwise, love covers a multitude of sins. You can still forgive and tolerate your sinning partner in other to continue the marriage as God has ordained.
This will do you good at the latter end. For if God be with you; who can be against you?
God bless you