1 Corinthians 7:10…
As in all things pertaining to life, happiness and joy in Christ, we are never to look to the world for our example in marriage.
Statistics showing marriage in the world results in divorce about 50% of the time should not dismay Christians, because Christians understand the world knows nothing of unconditional love, or of offering your body as a living sacrifice to God for His purpose.
Surely if only the world could come to Christ and learn those fundamental principles of life in Christ, those statistics would change, and marriage would succeed much more than half the time.
How is it then we see statistics about failure in Christian marriage resemble those in the world – and the divorce rate among those calling themselves Christians is about the same as it is among those who do not?
The answer must be Christians are paying far too much attention to the world’s way of doing things than to Jesus.
The Bible is very clear in its instruction about Christian marriage, and we see it right here in 1 Corinthians 7. Paul teaches exactly the same thing Jesus commanded about marriage, and it is this: Once marriage is voluntarily entered into by a Christian man and a Christian woman, there is no permissible reason for divorce except adultery.
Jesus gave this instruction in Matthew 19and Matthew 5. Paul repeats that instruction here.
Paul defers to this instruction from Jesus. As in all instruction from Jesus, we know it is for our best. Why then do so many who call themselves Christians divorce for reasons other than adultery and remarry without giving it a second thought – other than enduring the pain and destruction which comes with unbiblical divorce for a season?
How have so many found some sort of ‘loophole’ in Jesus’ command about marriage which does not exist?
This is becoming a tragedy of epic proportions, and God will not stand for it, and He cannot bless it. If we think remaining in Christian marriage is hard – there is one place harder: to be outside the will of God for your life. When you enter the thinking process of divorcing your Christian spouse for any reason other than adultery, you are entering the thought of living your life apart from God. Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. You will reap what you sow.
Part of the reason the church bears such a strong resemblance to the world today is because the ‘church’ does what the world does when it comes to marriage. It must be the other way around. The church is to be salt and light to the world, not vice-versa. Our marriage is at the very heart of that resemblance to Christ the Church is charged to bear.