Avoiding Divorce

Matthew. 5:31-32

While divorce is permitted in the Bible, it is never promoted in the Bible. Learn what Jesus had to say about those considering dissolving a marriage union.

Preliminary Considerations

  • Divorce is not the unforgivable sin.
  • Just because a sin can be forgiven does not mean that it should be casually committed.
  • Shaming a person for a divorce is not honoring to God or helping anyone else.

Biblical Expectations (5:31-32)

The Original Law (5:31)

  • God’s original provision for divorce was not to encourage it to happen but to ensure the process remained civil if it did happen (Deut. 24:1-4).
  • Sinful married men would often abandon, abuse, or append their wives.
  • One purpose of the certificate of divorce was God’s unique desire to protect women.

The Needed Mindset (5:32)

  • Since marriage is something that God ordained, it should not be cast aside as some temporary or conditional agreement.
  • Divorcing for the trivial and remarrying for the convenience actually reveals that the involved parties have committed adultery.
  • The effects of sexual immorality are so severe that God allows divorce in such a case.
  • While divorce is permitted in the Bible, it is never promoted in the Bible.

Specific Applications

  • If you are considering divorce, realize that it will never completely free you from an undesirable spouse.
  • If you initiated an unnecessary divorce, consider how you could seek forgiveness.
  • If you experienced an unwanted divorce, you will never remove the effects completely, but you can recover from it significantly.
  • If you have witnessed the devastation of another’s divorce, evaluate what happened so you will be less likely to repeat it.

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