What Did Jesus Say About Divorce (6 of 15) by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say About Divorce (6 of 15)
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Rick White
Matthew 5:31-32

(Mat 5:31-32 NIV) "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.' {32} But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Introduction: Parents Make Happy Holidays I'm lucky my parents have stayed together. Unlike so many of my friends, I've never had to cry on a holiday. (Name Withheld, Tales Out of High School. Marriage Partnership, Vol. 5, no. 6.)

In his book Christian Counter-Culture, John R. W. Stott writes these words: I confess to a basic reluctance to attempt an exposition of these verses. This is partly because divorce is a controversial and complex subject, but even more because it is a subject which touches people's emotions at a deep level. There is almost no unhappiness so poignant as the unhappiness of an unhappy marriage, and almost no tragedy so great as the degeneration of what God meant for love and fulfillment into a non-relationship of bitterness, discord and despair. Although I believe that God's way in most cases is not divorce, I hope I shall write with sensitivity, for I know the pain which many suffer, and I have no wish to add to their distress. Yet it is because I am convinced that the teaching of Jesus on this and every subject is good-intrinsically good, good for individuals, good for society- that I take my courage in both hands and write on.

1. Perhaps there is no more painful issue facing people in church today than the issue of divorce. Rare is the family that has not been touched either directly or indirectly by the pain of divorce.

2. There are some people who are here today as divorced persons. You never planned on being a divorced person. In fact you made vows that you intended to honor. Some live with an overwhelming sense of guilt because of a past fail ...


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