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PowerPoint - Aug. 23, 2010

God and divorce

August 23, 2010

"For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless."

--Malachi 2:16

In the tenth chapter of Mark, Jesus is confronted with an issue that is certainly contemporary to our time. It is the issue of divorce.

But Jesus spoke to the Pharisees forthrightly about this issue, and we must as well. The church and God's people are not immune to the damaging consequences of divorce. 

Where the Scripture is concerned, our options on divorce are really very clear and simple. We either go along with the standards of society or we affirm and live by the standards of Scripture. That is our choice.

With that in mind, what does God say about divorce? Malachi 2:16 says that a man who divorces his wife "covers his garment with violence." Here's what God is telling us. Divorce rips apart the unity… the oneness… created by marriage.

If you've been through a divorce, you know the pain of that tearing apart. Divorce is an incredibly painful and destructive act. 

God wants to protect you and your family from the horrible pain of divorce. Begin by accepting and affirming what God says about divorce and avoid it at all cost.


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