Try Not to Separate

“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 do not break faith with the wife of your youth. ‘I hate divorce,’ says the Lord God of Israel” (Malachi 2:15, 16).

Is marriage really forever? Sociologists concerned about life in the 21st century list the breakdown of families as one of the chief causes of problems in today’s society. There are more single parent families than ever before. Nowadays, it’s rare for children to witness and celebrate their parents’ silver and golden anniversaries.

What does the Lord think about this? Does He care?

Jesus deeply cares about our pain. He sympathizes with the disappointment and loneliness a bad marriage brings. He also grieves deeply over divorce and separation.

Are you thinking about ending your marriage, or at least permanently distancing yourself from your husband? Have you wanted love all of your life? Are you certain you can never find it with your present husband?

Let me suggest some alternatives.
—Pray about this. Don’t stop praying until you are sure of what God wants you to do.
—Seek counseling from a reputable Christian.
—Wait. Be sure before you act.

Sometimes separation or even remarriage seems to be the only way out, but there may be another option. Be encouraged. It’s possible God wants to heal your marriage.

Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.

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The bankrupt man is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. - H.W. Arnold