No. 11. About Divorce

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[Jesus said] anyone that divorces his wife, except on the ground of [her] unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

For this reason (i.e. to marry) a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

Mathew 5:32; Mark 10:7-9, Deuteronomy 24:1-4

This command hits a nerve as few others do. The impulse to run from pain and conflict is powerful. To obey this command may require extraordinary faith and an extraordinary commitment to becoming a child of God, and the Bride of Christ.

Yet, Jesus, building upon the law, forbids divorce for reasons that the all-knowing, far sighted God understands better than humans. The truth is that divorce can be nothing more than a mirage in the desert. By banning divorce God seeks our long term good, not our suffering. Trust Him.

“One flesh” the marriage bond is as real as it is invisible. Divorce is the suicide of the compound person that was born on his and her wedding day.  To marry a divorcee is to marry someone who is already united with another. Equating lust with adultery says it is wrong to break the marriage bond even secretly, deep within one’s own heart. Lust, adultery, divorce, it’s all the same rip of one into two.  By contrast, focusing on the Mark instead of focusing on faults unites people with each other as it unites us with God.

If you want to be at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, as a Bride of Christ, show Him that you are not inclined to divorce.