The Stigma

10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace. 16 How do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or, how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife? 1 Corinthians 7:10-15

Many reading this post are divorced or are close to someone who’s been divorced. Outside the church, there’s not a lot of “stigma” associated with divorce. It just happens, and then the two move on.

Inside the church, however, is a different story. For many people who get divorced, it’s the most difficult event they’ve ever been through. There are many sleepless nights, as well as a lot of pain and misery as they go through the process. It’s also a very lonely time, a time when Believers should be reaching out a hand.

While there are certainly stipulations and directives related to divorcees becoming leaders in the church, the man or woman in the pew needs support, especially if they are the victims of abusive or adulterous spouses.

Pray for those you know who are recently divorced. Drop them a line or give them a call.

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