Divorce for Lust

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

31-32 “Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.

-Matthew 5:31-32 The Message

Verse 31: “Now it was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away is to give her a certificate of divorce;

Verse 32: but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Verses 31-32 studies: Divorce is as hurtful and destructive today as it was in Jesus’ day. God intends for marriage to be a lifetime commitment (Genesis 2:24). When going into marriage, people shouldn’t consider divorce an option for solving problems. It shouldn’t be considered as a way out of a relationship that seems dead. But here is something that needs to be understood. This is why we should study the Bible for context. Most people would read it and go with it and not blink an eye to context. Understanding context is essential when reading anything. Reading brings out context when you let it. In these verses, Jesus was also addressing those who purposefully abused marriage contracts and used divorce to satisfy marrying someone else out of lust. Are your actions helping marriage grow more robust, or are you tearing it apart?

Verse 32 study: Jesus said divorce is not permissible except for unfaithfulness. This doesn’t mean divorce should automatically be “it” when a spouse commits adultery. The word translated “unchasity,” implies a sexually immoral lifestyle, not a confessed and repented act of adultery. Those who learned that their spouse has been unfaithful should try to make every effort to forgive, reconcile and restore their relationship. We should always look for ways to repair a relationship rather than leave it.

Father, divorce is painful. I never experienced it, but you know I have been around it. It literally drains the life out of people after the hard work they put in to only see that it didn’t work both ways or refused for it to work. So I pray for those that are going through a divorce that you will bless the situation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.