Matthew 5:31-32

Readers, it’s been awhile. Besides my lack of writing consistently I broke a bone in my thumb which makes typing zero fun. I have challenged myself  to write something today. My cast comes off August 15th.  I am ready. You really begin to appreciate your ability to type, play guitar, brush your teeth, and button your dress shirts with no hindrances.

Here we go:
“” It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.”

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.””

Two recent  encounters come to mind concerning this passage. I recently heard a person say that their child was going through a divorce. It was shared so matter-of-fact that I wonder now if this person understood Our Lord’s teaching. He portrayed a sense of satisfaction then stated that they had slowly drifted apart. What in the world kind of explanation is that? This week I was in a conversation with two people at the bagel cafe and as we talked the conversation went to a place where one of the people, a grandmother, speaking about her grandson and his recent marriage stated, “I hope it works out.”

It amazes me that we all seem dumbfounded when the issue of divorce arises. We are all in situations in our work and life where divorce is close to home. We don’t want to speak out of turn about the issue. We have become numb to it. It no longer shocks, it no longer moves us. We don’t want to be “that Christian” as if speaking truth automatically makes you legalistic. Wrong.

Jesus Christ speaks about the husband and wife as a picture of Christ and His Church neither of which should be divorced. Though sin crouches at the door, that should not cause us to throw in the towel. Divorce as an option should still cause us to fight. It should  cause us to cry out to God for mercy. Yes, His grace is sufficient but not at the expense of more and more immorality and sin.

Jesus Christ is crystal clear in this passage. His is consistent throughout the Bible. God has permitted, for his purposes, certificates of divorce BUT this is not a license to consider it an option. God knows the hard hardheartedness of men. He has made allowance for it. Why? I don’t know but something tells me it concerns his common grace toward all men.

If there is GRACE ENOUGH to save a dead soul there is GRACE ENOUGH to save a marriage.

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