The Bible teaches that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16) and that He intends marriage to be a lifelong union between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6).
Divorce is a painful and complex issue that affects many families around the world. It is often seen as a way out of a troubled marriage, a solution to irreconcilable differences, or a personal choice that has no consequences. However, divorce is not a simple matter that can be easily resolved.
It has profound implications for the individuals involved, their children, their relatives, and their society. Divorce is not only a legal separation, but also a spiritual rupture that breaks the covenant that God established between a man and a woman.
The Bible teaches that God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16) and that He intends marriage to be a lifelong union between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). God created marriage to reflect His image and His love, to provide companionship and support, to produce godly offspring, and to fulfill His purposes on earth. When a marriage ends in divorce, it dishonors God, damages the spouses, and disrupts the family. Divorce also has negative effects on the children, who suffer from emotional, psychological, and spiritual wounds that may last for a lifetime.
One of the consequences of divorce that is often overlooked is the impact it has on the lineage of the divorced couple. The Bible tells us that God has a plan and a purpose for every person and that He has chosen us before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:4).
God also has a plan and a purpose for every family, and He has ordained the parents to be the primary teachers and models of His truth and grace to their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Ephesians 6:4). When a divorce occurs, it interrupts God’s plan and purpose for the family, and it creates a gap in the lineage that can have serious consequences for the future generations.
The Bible gives us an example of this in the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar. God promised Abraham that He would make him a great nation and that He would bless him with a son through his wife Sarah (Genesis 12:2-3, 15:4-5). However, Abraham and Sarah became impatient and doubted God’s promise, and they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Sarah gave her maid Hagar to Abraham as a concubine, and Hagar bore him a son named Ishmael (Genesis 16:1-16). This was not God’s plan, but a human scheme that resulted in conflict, jealousy, and resentment. Hagar and Ishmael were eventually sent away by Abraham, and they became the ancestors of the Arab nations, who have been in enmity with the descendants of Isaac, the son of promise, ever since (Genesis 21:8-21, 25:18).
The story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar shows us that divorce may appear as a solution when the differences cannot be resolved amicably. However, it also shows us that divorce introduces another possibility of a lineage of Hagar and Ishmael, a lineage that is apart from God’s plan and purpose, a lineage that is prone to rebellion and hostility, and a lineage that is vulnerable to the influence of the devil. This is a serious risk that every divorced couple should consider, especially if they have children. The children of divorce may feel abandoned, rejected, or betrayed by their parents, and they may seek comfort and acceptance from other sources that may not be healthy or godly. They may be exposed to false doctrines, worldly values, or harmful behaviors that may lead them away from God and His truth. They may also struggle with their identity, their self-esteem, and their relationships, and they may have difficulties in forming stable and lasting marriages of their own.
Divorce is not a trivial matter that can be taken lightly or casually. It is a costly decision that has far-reaching consequences for the present and the future. It is not God’s will or design for His people, and it should be avoided as much as possible. God’s grace and power are sufficient to heal, restore, and strengthen any marriage that is based on His word and His love.
God’s mercy and forgiveness are available to any person who has experienced or caused a divorce, and He can redeem and transform any situation for His glory and His good. God’s plan and purpose for every family and every lineage are still in effect, and He can use them to accomplish His will on earth as it is in heaven.