What Does The Bible Say About Divorce?
Anyone who has been affected by divorce knows how sensitive and painful of a topic it can be. Wedding ceremonies are some of the most beautiful events in our culture. They’re beautiful for many reasons, but – principally – they are beautiful because of the extraordinary promises that the bride and groom make to one another: “For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…till death do us part.” We all long to be loved that way, and it inspires us to see two people make that kind of public commitment of love to one another. Considering that, it should be obvious that divorce is always the result of a broken promise; sometimes both spouses break faith, sometimes only one chooses to break covenant. Divorce is painful.
God’s ideal for marriage is that it would be a picture to the world of faithfulness and fidelity that imitates the love relationship between Christ and the church. His ideal is that death and death alone would end marriage. But what if your life doesn’t match up to the ideal? What then? The Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ died on a cross for our sin, and He rose from the dead on the third day. In His death and resurrection, we have confidence that God has both the desire and the power to heal any and all of our pain. So, we bring our pain to Him. We call out to Him and ask Him to heal and restore our hearts and our lives, knowing that He is faithful.