“…we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” – 1 Timothy 4:10
There are very few of us who haven’t been affected by the heartbreak of divorce, whether it’s in our families or our friends. Very often people who face divorce feel hopeless. Sadly, many who turn to the church for help feel rejected, not welcomed. Many have told me they felt outcast and shunned, even if they were the spouse left behind. Sometimes this is a perception, but sometimes it is very real. Tragically, the Christian army is the only army in the world known to shoot its wounded.
Yes, Scripture teaches that God hates divorce, but just because He hates divorce doesn’t mean He hates the divorcee. He loves the divorcee. God hates divorce for many of the same reasons the divorcee hates divorce – most of all, for the pain and suffering it causes in so many lives. There is no doubt that divorce always results from sin – we are all sinners – but it is not the unforgivable sin.
Divorce is never what God wants, but Jesus teaches us that we have a God of second chances – a God of forgiveness. When we trust in Christ and confess our sins to the Lord, we begin to realize He loves us and forgives us completely. We can find that total and complete healing in the person of Jesus Christ.