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What Does God Say About Divorce?

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This may be a tender topic for you, but if your love has drifted … there is hope.

What if We’re Thinking About Divorce?

It may surprise you to know this, but there was a time in our marriage when we each entertained thoughts of divorce. We were the proverbial flailing couple who was going down…and taking two young daughters with us. We lost sight of our direction.

We see this with Isaac and Rebekah’s marriage in the Old Testament. Isaac’s love was directed full-on toward his wife Rebekah for the first 20 years of their marriage. But somehow it got redirected. After their twins Jacob and Esau arrived and the newness of having children wore off, their affections went from adoration to adjusting to an expanded family, then to choosing sides against one another. Somewhere in the rough seas of marriage, this couple drifted apart.

In the world of physics, matter is never lost—it simply changes its state. Love is like matter; it isn’t lost, it’s only redirected.

What Does God Say About Divorce?

And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:2-12

It is no secret that God does not like divorce. The issue is that we sometimes feel there is no other direction for us to go in. This can be remedied. The first step is to seek Him in prayer and actively listen and look for His response. Spend time introspectively seeking and assessing the who or what you’ve redirected your love to. Identify any potential threats that could cause division. Then, direct your love back toward your spouse.

Marriage is a work in progress. We can never think that our marriage has arrived, that we’ve reached the stage where bliss will reign without any effort on our part. We can keep our marriage alive, vibrant, and away from the brink of divorce when we direct our love toward and nurture oneness with our spouse. Make it a priority to find new ways to show your love.

RESPOND:

Dear Lord, my heart’s desire is to fully love my spouse and that there be no barriers between us. Please reveal my heart to me and show me where I’ve created the barriers. Guide us to keep our love directed toward one another. Amen.

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REFLECT:

Is your love fully aimed at your husband/wife? What can you do today to redirect your love back to your spouse?

REMEMBER:

In the world of physics, matter is never lost—it simply changes its state. Love is like matter; it isn’t lost, it’s only redirected.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

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