1 Corinthians – Divorce

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“So, I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust. But for those who are married, I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else be reconciled to him. And the husband must not leave his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:8-11

The book of 1 Corinthians can be a very hard book. It can be a very convicting book. Paul is telling the Corinthians how they should live as Christians. The Corinthians did not want to hear about all of these issues that Paul writes about. Just like today in most churches if the Pastor preached on the issues in 1 Corinthians some of the people would leave the church. Every issue in this book was given to Paul by the Holy Spirit, which came from God.

Divorce is a problem in our culture today, not just in the culture, but in the church also. It seems that if you have a problem in the marriage the first thing you want to do is divorce, this should be the last thing that we even think about. What Jesus said about divorce really says it all. “Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”  “Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.” But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts.  But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. ’Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:3-9) I know there are reasons for divorce, but we need to realize all the problems that come from divorce. 

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