Divorce - Part 1
"Has not The Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are His. And why one? Because He was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and so not break faith with the wife of your youth." -Malachi 2:15 My heart was broken on April 26, 2015. It was early in our worship service at CHBC and we were having our prayer time. I challenged men to come forward and be prayer warriors for their families and for our church. Knowing that I would be preaching on the issue of divorce the following week, I wanted these men to pray for the people in our church who had been directly affected by divorce. I wanted them to see who they were praying for, so I asked the congregation to raise their hands if they have been wounded by divorce. I don't know what I was expecting to see, but I never would have guessed that 90% of the room would raise their hands. Tears welled up in my eyes as the immensity of that moment took its toll on my heart. Divorce is unbelievably painful. This "breaking of faith" rips apart what God so delicately and beautifully bonded together. It hurts the spouse who was victimized, it scars the children who are also victimized. No wonder God says, "I hate divorce." The scriptures teach us that God is near to the broken-hearted, that he draws close to those who are crushed in spirit. I believe He hates divorce because of the pain, tears, and broken hearts. I believe God grieves over the broken covenant of marriage because it typically shows the brokenness of fellowship between He and one of His children. God hates divorce. I quickly understood the importance of God's Word concerning divorce and how crucial it will be for me to deliver God's truth marinated in God's love. I also realized how important it will be for those who hear the preaching of God's Word on this issue, to listen with the right heart. It was a blessing to hear those men pray out loud and to hear them ask The Lord to walk with us through this tough stretch of sermons.
I'm not sure when we will finish this series on divorce. But what I do know is that we will take our time and navigate these waters carefully. I want people to know and understand the thread of redemption, the call to repentance, the promise of forgiveness, the hope that God gives to those who have been through a divorce. I want people to know that God hates divorce, but he loves them. Please pray for me as I prepare and ask God to do a powerful work in our services over the next few weeks.
Much Jesus Love,