Prevent Divorce By Relying On God!
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Divorce is probably as painful as death. ~ William Shatner
Divorce can be more painful than death because it is not only a significant loss, but it is also a rejection. ~ Bill Greguska
1 Corinthians 7:13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.
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Here is something I would like you to consider:
I know personally the pain involved in going through a divorce. It is the worst pain I have experienced in my entire life.
I did not want the divorce which is probably why it was so painful. Being in a problematic marriage was not a picnic at all either, actually very gut-wrenching to say the least.
I tried to work things out until the very end, but my ex-wife gave up hope and trying.
Losing a wife and having a son have to deal with the separation and divorce was very hard on me. ~ Bill Greguska
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Common but Illegitimate Reasons for Divorce
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“My spouse isn’t a Christian,” or “I wasn’t a Christian when I married my spouse.”
- Nowhere in the Bible is this seen as grounds for divorce. In 1 Corinthians 7:12-13 Paul very clearly urges men and women in such situations not to divorce their unbelieving spouse.
“We weren’t married in a church.”
- Matthew 19:6 renders this an illegitimate excuse when it says, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Marriage is sanctioned by God and is not dependent on the context in which those vows were made. Regardless of where you were married or who married you, if you have made a covenant of marriage, the Lord expects you to keep it.
“I need to get out of this marriage for the sake of my kids.”
- This is, of course, a justifiable concern, but one that Paul does not neglect to address. In 1 Corinthians 7:14 he says, “For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.”
“My spouse is a huge disappointment.”
- “He is a loser (poor provider).” “She hasn’t taken care of herself physically.” “I would have never married this person if I had known what I was getting myself into.” “I deserve better.” Even the best of marriages may enter lulls where thoughts like these remain prevalent for periods of time. Marriage can be hard. Your spouse may grieve or disappoint you greatly. However, this is not a legitimate excuse to bolt.
“We are no longer in love.”
- If God commands us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44), we can love our spouse, even if we can’t muster those romantic feelings that once defined the dating or honeymoon phases. The marriage covenant is binding until death, not until one or both of you fall out of love.
“I owe it to myself to be happy. God wouldn’t want me to be unhappy.”
- There is a crucial difference between worldly happiness and godly happiness. The first is dependent on circumstance, and the latter prevails in spite of circumstance. The Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” God cares deeply about our eternal happiness!
My marriage is a constant struggle
- In any of the above cases; believers can be faithful to the vows that they made even if their marriage is a struggle. If you believe that you can be happier outside of the will of God, then you are captive to a lie crafted by Satan. Do you want to pit yourself against the sovereignty and wisdom of God?
“All my friends say that I ought to leave him/her.”
- Even friends with the best of intentions can lead you astray. This is why it is important to commit yourself to the full counsel of God in his word, allowing that to become your ultimate counselor, no matter what differing opinions you hear elsewhere.
“God will forgive me.”
- Apostle Paul directly addresses this in Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Our God is full of grace, but that should not cause us to take advantage of it by being bound to sin. Instead, it should cause us to live in the freedom of his will, desirous of keeping his commands. Christ died so that we would no longer be slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15). If you truly love Christ, you will not separate “what God has joined together” (Mark 10:9).
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Top Reasons For Divorce
What To Look Out For To Protect Your Marriage
Some of the most significant reasons for divorce today are, in descending order:
- Ongoing adultery/pornography (which is the same as adultery in the heart – Matt 5:28
- Lack of communication
- Drug or alcohol addiction/abuse
- Physical/emotional abuse
- Sexual problems
- Financial problems
- Unfulfilled expectations
- Differences in priorities
- Differences in child-rearing
- Religious or cultural differences
- Boredom/falling out of love
- Child sexual or physical abuse
- Controlling spouse
- Mental health issues
- In-laws interference
- Jealousy, insecurity or lack of trust
- Shift in priorities
- Children leave home/empty nest
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How To Prevent A Divorce Thru My Divorced Experience?
- Know who you are going to marry (someone with shortcomings).
- Make sure you both have an active relationship with God.
- Realize that there will be difficulties you will need to face together as teammates.
- Be sure to date for at least a year – or even more – to see how your partner handles life situations.
- Do things alone and with other couples who are dating.
- Do not allow your feelings of romance to cloud your thinking.
- When you do get married, keep focused on making your spouse happy.
- Make plans together and divide responsibilities up.
- Practice communication and forgiveness.
- Do not let children become the center of the marriage. The center is God, you and your spouse.
- Have date nights with each other each week and spend time with friends, too.
- Do not let your frustrations and anger spill over on your spouse.
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If every man would make his prime concern the comfort and well-being of his wife and every wife make her chief concern the comfort and well-being of her husband, we would have very little divorce in the land. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
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It Is An Effort Of Three!
You + Your Spouse + God = A Strong Marriage!
This reminds me of what it is addressed in Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. This should be examined before the word divorce is ever thought of. God created marriage and wants it to last for all of us!
Yes, there may be hard times to work through to prevent divorce, but in the long run, it will be worth the effort. Ask God for wisdom, patience, humility, and love. When discussing what the Bible says about divorce, it is imperative to keep in mind the words of Malachi 2:16, “I hate divorce says the Lord God.“
Even though the Bible gives the possibility for divorce, it does not mean God desires a divorce to occur in every situation. Instead of asking, “What are the grounds for divorce?” the question should be “What are the reasons for forgiveness, restoration, and counseling?” Divorce is tearing apart of two flesh that has become one!
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