Yet, nowhere in that passage does God demand divorce. When there is sexual sin, we should seek to redeem the marriage and so illustrate the unfathomable forgiveness of God. Some of the greatest life messages I know are the marriages of people who have repented from sexual sin and spouses who have forgiven them.
Many people have told me, for example, that they are free to divorce because they married an unbeliever. We need to get a divorce. A wrong start in marriage does not justify another wrong step. Instead we are to be transformed and that begins in our minds. By doing this, God will give us exactly what we need for our lives.
How to Appreciate an Imperfect Spouse
God can take even the worst things of life and work them together for good if we will just trust Him. In marriage, God joins together two flawed people. The life of a person who believes in Jesus Christ is developed by responses to not only happy things, but also to difficulties. And those very difficulties include weaknesses. Instead, they are the doorway to spiritual growth. This is a liberating truth. And that acceptance will swing open the door of change for not only my spouse, but also for me.
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When divorce enters a family, there are always scars. I know this firsthand; although I was an adult when my father committed adultery and divorced my mother, decades later there are still effects.
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Many consequences of divorce never go away. He was 5 years old when his parents divorced, and it was hard for him to understand God as Father and to trust people. It was bad. It hurt you. It hurt our family. When I divorced your mom, I divorced our family because I broke a covenant that we were a part of. Blake says that his parents who both remarried have embraced the gospel, resulting in him readily accepting advice and encouragement from them.
This may be the most devastating lie of all. In a dying marriage, He just needs two willing parties.
God knows how to get us out of the messes we get ourselves into. I tell these couples about people like Chuck and Ann, who were involved in drugs and alcohol before God restored their home. Or Lee and Greg, who were engaged in multiple affairs. God brought them back to Christ and to each other. Now they have six children and a marriage ministry.
Or Jim and Carol, who had taken off their wedding rings and were living in separate bedrooms and about to live in separate worlds when God redeemed them.
We must combat the lies about marriage. The truth will set us free John God can fix anything! Used with permission.
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How to Appreciate an Imperfect Spouse
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