Matthew 19 (Part 1) – What About Divorce?

People who are divorced can tell you it’s incredibly painful. In an effort to protect us from that pain, Jesus explains the importance of a husband and wife working through their differences and learning to love and serve each other. He even shares about some of the unwanted consequences of divorce.

Now for those considering divorce, Jesus’ words remind us not to give up too easily.

In God’s Kingdom, there are no second class citizens. We can be forgiven for our pasts, and we can forgive others and forgive ourselves. Somehow when we trust God, good can even come out of our worst moments in life.

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Message Video:

https://youtu.be/OO5oExu1xzw

Message Notes:

People who are divorced can tell you it’s incredibly painful. In an effort to protect us from that pain, Jesus explains the importance of a husband and wife working through their differences and learning to love and serve each other. He even shares about some of the unwanted consequences of divorce.

If you’ve been divorced whether it wasn’t something you wanted or it was something with which you felt you had no choice but to divorce, I’m so very sorry you experienced that. You should know divorce and remarriage are not unforgivable sins. There can be new life on the other side as you ask God for forgiveness and seek to learn with His help all you can.

Now for those considering divorce, Jesus’ words remind us not to give up too easily. 

A family member once told me: “If I had realized how much my ex-wife would still be in my life because of all the kids birthdays, graduations, weddings, and grandkids, I would have worked harder on the relationship. In the end I still had to learn to get along with her.”

In God’s Kingdom, there are no second class citizens. We can be forgiven for our pasts, and we can forgive others and forgive ourselves. “There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus” as it says in Romans 8:1. And somehow when we trust God, good can even come out of our worst moments in life. 

How do you want God to forgive you today for decisions you’ve made in your past? Who do you need to forgive? Be sure to ask God for help in forgiving yourself.

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