When NOT to divorce

“What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”  (Mark 10:9)  Some people believe that divorce is never an option for Christians.  I am not one of them.  While divorce is always a contradiction of God’s will; while it always a tragedy, I believe that Scripture allows divorce in cases of adultery (Matthew 5:32) and abandonment (1 Corinthians 7:15)  On the other hand, divorce is NOT allowed for Christians for reasons of incompatability (sexual, religious, emotional)  1 Corinthians 7:13 says that if the  unbelieving spouse is willing to stay, the believer should also be willing.  Some disagree, but after years of observation and study, I am convinced that even a difficult marriage, sustained by the Spirit and prayer, is better than any divorce–for the sake of the kingdom, the children, society and, yes, even  the spouses.  In daily fellowship with Christ, I have seen people work through deep and difficult differences to emerge victorious!  May the Lord give us all this assurance.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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