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Living Free - July 18, 2007

  • 2007 Jul 18
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Divorce Brings Grief—and Choices

Today's Scripture
Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. Psalms 25:12

Thoughts for Today
Divorce is the ultimate relationship loss. When marriage problems end in separation and divorce, the loss is experienced by the entire family. Divorce can leave the family in suspended animation as custody and child support battles sometimes rage long after the initial disruption.

Recovering from divorce involves working through a grieving process, much like when a spouse has died. It also involves making choices. You might not have had a choice in getting a divorce, but you do have choices in your response. Will you hold on to bitterness and anger... or will you forgive? Will you give up and give into despair... or will you trust Jesus to help you rebuild your life? Will you walk in fear... or will you place your faith in God to guide you and help you?

Consider this…
Divorce can bring one of the most intense pains possible into a person's life. But you don't have to go through it alone. Jesus loves you and wants to help you. If you will commit your ways to him, he will guide you in making those choices... he will give you the courage you need... and he will restore your hope. With him all things are possible.

Prayer
Lord, forgive me for the poor choices in the past. Right now I have to make so many decisions. I need your help. Help me to choose the right path ... the one that is right for my family, for me and most of all the one that is pleasing to you.

These thoughts adapted from…

Handling Loss and Grief by Raymond T. Brock, Ed.D. As a person goes through this group they will be able to identify what the Bible has to say about handling the losses of life. To grieve is human; how to grieve Christianly is supernatural. It requires us to invite the Holy Spirit to guide us through the grieving process. This group study provides guidance in the use of Scripture to help the grieving. It offers biblical coping methods for facing loss and comfort to those who have faced the loss of a loved one, as well as help for anyone ministering to those experiencing other types of losses in life: divorce, loss of job, etc. 

  

 

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