Here is something I read on Facebook.
by Joshua Agan
Pastor Chet Cooper shared some helpful words that many need to hear:
So many have experienced the tragedy of divorce who never thought it would happen to their marriage. As a Pastor, I have counseled many who could have avoided it if both parties had been committed but when only one was it always failed. Much misinformation abounds within the body of Christ concerning the subject of divorce. One aspect is labeling divorce as sin. God cannot sin and He is divorced!
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
God hates the putting away, not because the act itself is sin, but because it only happens because of sin. Even when God commanded divorce in Ezra 10, He did so because of their sin of their being unequally yoked with strange wives from among the heathen nations in direct disobedience to God’s commands.
Divorce was actually an act of grace by God in allowing Moses to incorporate it into the law and the inspired Word of God. Divorce was a substitute instead of the decreed penalty of stoning the guilty party when adultery invaded the marriage. If the adulterous partner was stoned to death, the non-adulterous partner was free to remarry. As the substitute for stoning, divorce ends the marriage and the non-adulterous partner is just as free!
In I Corinthians 7, Paul under Holy Spirit Inspiration makes it clear that if a believer finds themselves married to an unbeliever, the believer is not to seek a divorce but if the unbeliever leaves the marriage through divorce, the believer is free to remarry. (Vs. 12-28) In verse 27, the words bound and loosed are the same words used in Romans 7:2. Verse 28 clearly states the one who has been loosed and marries does not sin!
It’s time for the Body of Christ to demonstrate more grace to those who find themselves divorced and had no desire for it to have ever happened and to stop treating those who have remarried as second class citizens in the kingdom of God! God uses divorced persons in the body of Christ to accomplish much for His glory as a testament to His grace and fully understands the pain they have been through as He too has experienced the tragedy of divorce.