Creative, Causative, Prophetic, Instructional – Part 13
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” – The Words of Jesus, Matthew 5:31-32
This may be one of the most difficult subject found in The Word of God. It is another of those subjects that are so painful, extraordinarily difficult to understand, hard to accept, and most difficult to do. Most people, when reading the Bible, will choose, at their own peril, to quickly scan through teachings like this and move on to more pleasant reading.
But Jesus has included the matter of divorce in His teachings on stumbling blocks, as obstacles to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let me say that divorce is not a singular act in and of itself. Divorce is a deadly process. A breaking point, a severing of that which had been joined together in one body. Divorce is both the culmination of what God had joined together and the beginning of a curse that will ravage the body, soul, mind and spirit of many, even to the third and fourth generations.
Jesus is continuing to teach the fulfillment of the Old Covenant, which has set us free from the bondage of the Law, giving us the right to become the children of God, joint heirs with Christ Jesus, and to be clothed with power from on High! These are the privileges of the heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Word of God is no longer just written on ‘tablets of stone’ but it is written upon the hearts of those who believe and follow Him. Jesus has set us free and dwells within us. Amazingly, He has even given us His authority to accomplish His Works through us!
Unlike Jesus’ continuing teachings on salvation, the process of sanctification and entering the Kingdom of Heaven, (Matthew chapters 5 through 11), He does not offer a solution to this obstacle of the sin of divorce. Once a divorce is complete, there is no remedy for the pain and the damage that follows. Consequences will come. The best remedy is to marry right and never divorce.
If you have been through a divorce, just remember, God is merciful, abounding in loving kindness. There is hope for healing and restoration. Although it is not always easy, it is always worth it. What is done is done, and the future can be bright with opportunities and hope of peace, security and prosperity for your soul, in Christ!
Your Brother and Friend,
Here is important reading for Christians on the subject of “Marriage and Divorce“. Please do not move on without reading the referenced article.
NEXT: THE WORDS OF JESUS – What Are You To Do With Them? Part 14, “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’”
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