Today I want to speak to a certain situation that may or may not be the one you are in right now. But chances are if you’re not there now you may have been there before. And hopefully we can work together to keep you from ever going there again.
Where is this place I’m talking about? It’s the place where a husband, a wife, or both, come to a point that they want to give up on their marriage. It’s over. Let’s be honest, this is a very real place for a lot couples. I know because we have been there ourselves, on more than one occasion.
If this is where you are or where you could see yourself one day soon. Or maybe you know of someone else who is in this place and you would like to know what you can say to help change their mind. Let me give you a few things we have learned about giving up on our marriage. And why we believe so much in marriage ministry.
Listen to the words of Jesus.
Some Pharisees came up to Jesus, testing Him, and began to question Him whether it was lawful for a man to divorce a wife. And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses permitted a man TO WRITE A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
- It is clear how Jesus views divorce. For a believer there should be no compromise from the position of being completely submitted to His will for your life. As a believer, your life does not belong to you and you have to surrender all rights over to the Lord. The Lord expects your commitment to your marriage.
- Jesus said the reason divorce even exist is because of the hardness of people’s heart. Being unforgiving, bitter, prideful, selfish, and unloving are some of the signs of hardness of heart. Love, forgiveness, humility, and selflessness are all signs of a tender heart and we all have to ability to choose these or not. This is why Love, forgiveness, humility, and sacrificing our will is always given as a matter of our choice in the Bible. We are commanded to do these.
- Finally, Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” This clause in the verse has been a place of confusion for some. Many people will justify their divorce with this clause and their interpretation of it and say their marriage was never put together by God in the first place. Therefore if God was not involved with bringing them together then they are not accountable to God for keeping their marriage together or not. The real truth here is that Jesus referred to the beginning of marriage and how God designed it to be. This is a covenant before God. Even if you were not a Christian when you were first married, you still entered into a sacred covenant before God. What Jesus was teaching us here is: you may not consider your marriage as sacred, but God does.
Finally, for someone who is not a Christian, or you are in a place where you are not willing to be completely surrendered to the Lord’s will. We know where you are and we still have something we want to share with you.
There was a time where my wife was not interested in what the Bible said, she had heard the word preached at her all her life and she had come to a place where she didn’t know what she believed anymore. She wanted out of our marriage and she was not going to let the Bible be used as weapon to whip her into shape.
But along the way she heard some very strong words of advise that really spoke to her. And it was this one thing that stood out to her and caused her to think about what she was doing. The advise she heard started moving her in a healthy direction for herself and eventually brought healing into our marriage. And now it is the same thing we tell others.
“If you want out of your marriage you have to work your way out.”
You don’t get to just say I quit and move on with your life like it never happened. You need to find some Godly counseling, go to a marriage class, go to a marriage retreat, read everything you can on marriage, such as blogs on Christian marriage or Christian books on marriage.
The truth is if you are in that place of wanting to quit you need to own up to your responsibility of doing everything that you can possibly do to save your marriage. You owe that to yourself, your spouse, your children, your family, and your God.
It is a very real fact of life, when you quit you can’t win. No matter how green you think the grass is somewhere else.
So who needs marriage ministry? Anyone who is wanting to give up on their marriage.
Thanks for reading and please feel free to post your comments. We would love to hear from you even if what we have said has stung a little.