He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them. 2Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” (Mark 10:1-12, NRSV)
This is always a hard teaching for us. In today’s world, many are divorced and remarried. As a pastor, I hope to help couples work through issues and stay married. Marriage is a commitment, and it isn’t always about love. But that being said there are reasons a couple should not be married. So now if you are divorced what does that mean?
Does God love you less? No God doesn’t love you any less. And in a world where sin is pervasive, you get to name your sin. You can tell the world one of your sins is divorce. And you are an adulterer. Own it as the thing it is. Part of our broken world in which we were made by God, perfectly as we are.
God makes no mistakes. Sometimes we do, but that doesn’t mean God loves us any less.
Share God’s love.