A Good Divorce
It is not supposed to. God’s design for marriage has been and is “one man, one woman, until death do they part.” Here is the Bible’s last word on the subject:
To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.1 Corinthians 7:10-11 (NIV)
It was never in God’s mind for a man to marry a woman and then dismiss her from his care and concern, to send her away and take no further notice of her.
Even though God does not condone divorce when it comes to marriage, He does condone it when it comes to our sins.
The word rendered divorce in the above passage is the Greek word aphiemi. Most everywhere else in the New Testament this word is translated as forgive or forgiveness. We find this word in the Lord’s Prayer, in Romans 4:7 where Paul wrote, “blessed are they whose sins are forgiven”, and in 1 John 1:9 and 2:12. This last verse is one of my favorites in the word of God: “I write to you dear children because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.”
When the Bible speaks of forgiveness it is saying to us that God has divorced us from our sins. Which means He has…
- Removed our sins from us – Psalm 103:12
- Sent our sins away – Hebrews 9:28
- Dismissed our sins – Romans 4:7
- Let our sins go from His further notice or care – Hebrews 10:17, 18
- Released us from our relationship with sin and death and set us free to experience new life in Christ – Romans 8:1, 2.
Only God has the authority and the power to forgive. Through the shed blood of Christ He has forgiven us once and for all. He has divorced us from our sins and raised us to walk in the newness of life.
Divorce happens, but when it comes to our sins it is a good divorce.