Separation, Divorce and Remarriage
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
I. Separation, Divorce & Remarriage
A.Separation, Divorce & Remarriage. Divorce can be one of the most devastating things in life. The breakdown of a marriage can have a crushing impact on the children, finances, emotions and mental stability. Many people get stuck in life after a divorce and are never able recover what was lost.
1. God takes marriage and divorce very seriously. Will God bless people who have been divorced and remarried? God is a God of grace, but it depends on the people whether they receive it.
a. (Matt. 5:31-32; Mark 10:11-12)
2. God hates divorce and separation, but it is permissible in some situations and may even be necessary in others.
a. (Mal. 2:11-16) God loves His holy institution and covenant of marriage and hates divorce.
~Marriage is a covenant which is a spiritual contract that is meant to be until death.
3. There are however, Biblical grounds for divorce.
#1 Adultery (Matt. 19:3-9)
a. adultery – porniea – sexual immorality; illicit sexual intercourse; egregious un-repented sexual behavior.
#2 Abandonment (1 Cor. 7:10-16 AMP)
a. Abandonment happens in various forms: abandonment, abuse and addiction.
~A spouse simply leaves.
~A spouse abandons the marriage through physically or mentally abuse.
~A spouse abandons the marriage through addiction.
b. There’s a difference between being sorry and true repentance. True repentance is followed by change at any cost.
4. Typical ways of reacting after a divorce.
a. Withdrawal into self
~Be careful not to become so introverted and isolated from the help of others.
b. Replace pain with people
~This person becomes the “social butterfly” and may bounce from relationship to relationship.
c. Looking for a security blanket
~This person moves quickly into another relationship.
d. Here’s what you should do:
Regain custody of yourself- This means finding a balance, setting priorities and dealing with emotions – not repressing them, but dealing with them.
-Accept the situation
-Get counsel before making decisions (Word, prayer, trusted friends, pastor)
~Take responsibility for restoring your life.