Scriptures for Divorce
31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5: 31-32 (NIV)
This is What the Bible Says about Divorce
Above all else, get understanding, especially when it comes to divorce. To fully comprehend, at least as best as a human can, other Bible verses should be interconnected with these. One of the most serious issues involving people and Scripture is reciting “bits and pieces.”
For instance, some Christians are quick to point out that getting a divorce is a sin. The problem with jumping on that bandwagon right out the gate is not having read, examined and interpreted a good number of Bible verses that elaborate on marriage, divorce and relationships in general.
After all, divorce decrees were created for a reason, and God allows at least one reason for divorce as acceptable. “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
What is sexual immortality?
In the New Testament, Sexual immortality is characterized as, “whoredom,” “fornication,” and “idolatry.” It means “a surrendering of sexual purity,” also applicable to having premarital sexual relations.
Who among us can honestly pretend to not know that “sexual immorality” appears to be the number one cause of so much marital discourse?
Another thing, why do so many religious leaders who delve into the subject of divorce being a sin tip toe around this one “exception” that God made? Above all, knowing God’s Word for yourself is critical so that you can decipher what is God-breathed and what is not.
Let’s take this a step further. Sexual immorality would also include sexual child abuse, including “incests.” Attrocities of this assault the very core of how a Christian marriage, or any kind of marriage for that matter was intended to be.
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Matthew 19: 4-5
Sexual immorality is the “selling off” of sexual purity and involves any type of sexual expression outside the boundaries of a biblically defined marriage relationship (Matthew 19:4–5). Got Questions.org
2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,”Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.” Mark 10: 12 (NIV)
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5: 33