“But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.” – Matthew 5:32
No one has a perfect marriage. Ask King David or our spiritual patriarch, Abraham.
Jesus understands this. At that time, many looked for loopholes to their marital covenants. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called the people of that day to a higher standard of holiness. Jesus has similarly greater expectations for us, and he offers us greater rewards – here and in eternity.
God expects us to live our lives in a holy manner, placing all things into subjection under him, including our marriages.
Marriage is actually intended to benefit both the husband and the wife. Two broken people united in one purpose can complement and complete one another. As Jesus explained, “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.” (Matthew 19:6) Which is why Jesus added, “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
God brings wholeness into our brokenness in a special way through marriage.
And in our marriages – as with the rest of our lives – we should be bringing glory to God. Peter wrote, “because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1:16)
We can enter into his presence at any time – through prayer and worship, Bible study and meditation – to understand his purpose for our lives and our marriages. Following Jesus daily – step-by-step – will bring greater meaning into our lives and our marriages and bring glory to God.
Let us place our lives and our marriages on his altar.
Let us pray the light and love into our lives.
Let his glory shine in us and in our marriages.