Did you ever read the book The Scarlet Letter? In the book, the lead character had to wear a big scarlet “A” because she was an adulterer. Labeled for life. Even her tombstone was marked with a scarlet “A.”
Adultery does not have to be involved for people who are going through divorce to feel like there’s a big “D” on their chest screaming “DIVORCED”. As a Christian who has experienced divorce, I know this can be particularly true for people of faith who are aware that God intends for marriage to last a lifetime.
I never wanted to be divorced. Even so, I felt like I somehow let God down.
Yes, divorce is common in our society. On the other hand, if you’re a Christian you know God does not like divorce. You know he means for marriage to be a lifelong covenant.
Yet here you are divorced or facing divorce. This can be especially difficult. Are you wondering if God has disowned you or is angry with you? Do you think he is more distant because your marriage fell short of his design?
One woman told me she thought God would not let her into heaven. She was so wrong. Salvation is based on your acceptance of Jesus as your savior, not on your marital status.
So what’s the deal with you, God and divorce?
The Bible never says that God hates divorced people. God does not hate you. The Bible does say God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16.) Because God loves us, doesn’t it make sense that he would hate divorce? I think so.
Divorce hurts his children. Divorce breaks hearts and crushes spirits.
God does not hate you. In fact, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” says Psalms 34:18 (NIV.)
God has compassion for you in your pain. He washes you clean of any short-comings if you sincerely ask.
People who’ve never experienced divorce may not be able to have full compassion for your pain. But God does. Jesus died so you don’t have to wear a scarlet “D.” You are free to love God. You are blessed to be loved and supported by him as well.
Talk with God about your divorce. Thank him for his grace and compassion. Divorce does not keep God from loving you. You can have an open and loving relationship with God.
Christian Thought for the Day
For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV
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