What Jesus Did! 'Divorce' — Luke 16:18

Saturday, September 26, 2015

"If a man divorces his wife and marries another woman, he is guilty of the sin of adultery. And the man that marries a divorced woman is also guilty of adultery."
— Luke 16:18
Illustration of Luke 16:18 — "If a man divorces his wife and marries another woman, he is guilty of the sin of adultery. And the man that marries a divorced woman is also guilty of adultery."

Key Thought

God hates divorce. It splits families. It breaks covenants. It destroys people. It hurts children. It dishonors his plan for marriage. God wants us to understand that his grace does not lessen his call on each of us to be faithful to his or her marriage covenant. We are to be people of integrity, commitment, and faithfulness.

Today's Prayer

Father, renew our passion to have godly marriages where our covenantal vows are kept and your will is received with honor and obeyed with passion. In Jesus name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

You can cry and cover the Lord's altar with tears, but the Lord will not accept your gifts. The Lord will not be pleased with the things you bring to him. You ask, "Why are our gifts not accepted by the Lord?" Why? Because the Lord saw the bad things you did—he is a witness against you. He saw you cheat on your wife. You have been married to that woman since you were young. She was your girlfriend. Then you made your vows to each other—and she became your wife. {But you cheated on her}. God wants husbands and wives to become one body and one spirit. Why? So they would have holy children. So protect that spiritual unity. Don't cheat on your wife. She has been your wife from the time you were young. The Lord God of Israel says, "I hate divorce. And I hate the cruel things that men do. So protect your spiritual unity. Don't cheat on your wife."

Malachi 2:13-16

Some Pharisees came to Jesus. They tried to make Jesus say something wrong. They asked Jesus, "Is it right for a man to divorce his wife for any reason he chooses?" Jesus answered, "Surely you have read this {in the Scriptures }: When God made the world, 'he made people male and female.' And God said, 'So a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. And the two people will become one.' So the two people are not two, but one. God joined those two people together. So no person should separate them." The Pharisees asked, "So why did Moses give a command allowing a man to divorce his wife by writing a certificate of divorce ?" Jesus answered, "Moses allowed you to divorce your wives because you refused to accept God's teaching. But divorce was not allowed in the beginning. I tell you that any person that divorces his wife and marries another woman is guilty of the sin of adultery. The only reason for a person to divorce and marry again is if his first wife had sexual relations with another man."

Matthew 19:3-9

Marriage should be honored by all people. And every marriage should be kept pure between only two people. God will judge guilty those people who do sexual sins and adultery.

Hebrews 13:4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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