Spring Warrior Church of Christ
7432 S. Red Padgett RoadPerry, FL 32348584-5176
Jesus, through the word of God, states that He has high expectations for us. “If anyman would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”(Matthew 16:24). We are blessed to have Jesus’ words for guidance so we can rightlyhandle difficult challenges.When we’re facing a temptation to divorce a spouse, we may ask “what would Jesusdo?” When listening to Jesus’ words, what pattern can we observe that would provideus guidance on how to handle this emotion-charged question? Jesus spoke of divorce and remarriage during His sermon on the mount. “
It wassaid also, ‘Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement,’ but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery”
(Matthew 5:31-32). According to
, the word fornication means “illicit sexual intercourse,” any sexual relationswith one who is not a proper marriage partner. What are we to learn from thispassage? Jesus has a very limited view on what is acceptable divorce. Any reason fordivorce, other than fornication, is wrong in Jesus’ sight. On judgment day, we certainlydon’t want to be guilty of living in continual adultery with a partner that was notrightfully ours.In Matthew 19, the Pharisees questioned Jesus about divorce. “
And there cameunto him Pharisees, trying him, and saying, ‘Is it lawful for a man to put away his wifefor every cause?’
And he answered and said, ‘Have ye not read, that he who madethem from the beginning made them male and female,
and said, For this cause shalla man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shallbecome one flesh?
So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.’
They say unto him, ‘Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorcement, and to put her away?’
He saith untothem, ‘Moses for your hardness of heart suffered you to put away your wives: but fromthe beginning it hath not been so.
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away hiswife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that