God Hates Divorce

Posted: December 14, 2020 in Divorce, Marriage and Divorce
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Malachi 2:14-16 14You cry out, “Why doesn’t the LORD accept my worship?” I will tell you why! Because the LORD witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.

 15Didn’t the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.  16“For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel.

“To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

The people were complaining about their adverse circumstances when they had only themselves to blame. People often try to avoid guilt feelings by shifting the blame. But this doesn’t solve the problem. When you face problems, look first at yourself. If you changed your attitude or behavior, would the problem be solved?

Divorce in these times was practiced exclusively by men. They were disloyal to their wives and ignored the wedding vows they had made before God, thus corrupting his purpose for them to demonstrate “oneness” with their wife and to raise children who loved God. Not only were these men unfaithful to their wives, but they also were ignoring the fact that this marriage relationship was to illustrate the nature of their union with God.

Lets Bring it Home:  “ Guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth” means to have the same commitment to marriage that God has to his promises with his people. We need passion in the marriage relationship to keep the commitment

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