Some Thoughts on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Scripture teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman for life (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6). The husband is the spiritual leader in the relationship and the wife is to willingly submit to him and respect him (Eph. 5:22-24; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1-6). The wife is the help-mate in the relationship and the husband is to love her, protect her, and recognize here as an equal partner in salvation (Eph. 5:25-31; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:7). The married couple is to practice biblical love and forgiveness toward one another (Eph. 4:26-27, 29-32). They are to remain sexually pure (Matt. 5:27-28; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4). Yet, there are two biblical allowances for divorce – sexual immorality on the part of one of the marriage partners (Matt. 5:31-32; 19:9); and when an unbelieving spouse deserts a believing spouse (1 Cor. 7:10-16). There is no clear biblical allowance for believers to divorce for any other reason. Although, even in these biblically allowable cases divorce is not required (Matt. 6:12, 14-15; 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:10-11). Scripture appears to allow those believers who have been divorced for either of the two reasons mentioned above to remarry another unmarried believer (Matt. 5:27-28; 19:9; 1 Cor. 7:15, 27-28).

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