“But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” vs. 32
There are some who believe that when Jesus took away the loopholes in Mosaic law he intended to establish an even stricter law for those who became his followers. If that’s the case, the whole gospel of grace goes out the window and is replaced by the hammer of condemnation. But that’s not what Jesus is doing in passages like this. Instead he’s making crystal clear how people who live by grace will behave in their most intimate relationships. In his mind the marriage relationship is sacred and deserves the highest respect and our deepest commitment. Anything that threatens that bond of intimacy, whether it be lust or divorce, is to be avoided. He also wants to protect the fragile status of women in society…they are not to be exploited, either as sexual objects or as discarded wives. In our culture we face the same kind of pressures…and the stakes are even higher. There are threats to marriage and to women from every direction. The solution is not an outright banning of divorce, as though that would solve all marital difficulties. Rather, we are encouraged to pay careful attention to our intimate connections, and where there is brokenness, to seek healing and reconciliation. And if divorce has cast its ugly shadow in our lives, we are forgiven, and not condemned. Thank God for new beginnings!
Thought for the Day: When is divorce the best option in marriage?