17 Oct 10/17/15 “Can I Divorce My Spouse Because of Abandonment or Abuse?” – Pastor Shane Idleman
Complete Sermon Notes
Can I Divorce Because of Abandonment or Abuse?
Introduction: Move cautiously and carefully – only God can really answer this question.
I’m a big fan of restoration
A Focus on the Family newsletter stated that when a research team studied 5,232 married adults who were interviewed in the late 1980s, they discovered that 645 of them were unhappily married. Five years later, these same adults (some divorced, separated, or still married) were interviewed again. The study revealed that two-thirds of the unhappily married spouses who stayed together were actually happier five years later. The opposite is often true for those divorced. Although those who divorce may temporarily escape the pain, divorce introduces new emotional and relational difficulties.
Matthew 19:9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Let me take this opportunity to speak to the Christian who had no solid scriptural grounds for divorce, yet chose to leave. This is serious. We would not intentionally walk into the enemy’s camp, yet this is what we do when we walk out from under God’s covering. The choices we make today will influence the quality of our life tomorrow. Sin takes us farther than we want to go, keeps us longer than we want to stay, and costs us more than we want to pay. For some, it’s not too late. Repent and return to God – HE can restore your life, and in some cases, your marriage.
HOPE FOR THE HURTING: Our marriage was not in God’s will
Except for abandonment.