What does the Bible say about divorce? Download or listen to sermons by Alistair Begg about marriage, divorce and remarriage.
In order to understand what the Bible teaches about divorce, we must first understand what it teaches regarding the nature of marriage. Following Christ’s example, Alistair Begg appeals to the authority of Scripture to teach us how to think biblically about this difficult topic as we consider what marriage is and how that affects its dissolution.
Because marriage is part of God's purpose since creation, the Bible's instruction concerning marriage and divorce applies to every marriage. Jesus' instruction in Mark 10 is unequivocal, and we cannot disregard it. Alistair Begg teaches us how to apply it within the framework of Gospel truth.
When the Pharisees challenged Jesus on the topic of divorce, He did the same thing we should do when facing difficult issues: return to first principles. Alistair Begg reminds us that marriage is a creation ordinance instituted by God as a pattern for all humanity. Marriage, in all its successes and failures, requires God’s grace to redeem, restrain, and restore our human weaknesses.
The Bible is clear about the lifelong commitment involved when two people marry. While there may be Scriptural grounds for divorce, God’s desire is that we seek reconciliation with our spouse. Alistair Begg assures us that with God’s help, we are able to rekindle lost affections and preserve the covenant we made to each other.
Most often a failed marriage is not the result of a one-time event, but rather the result of a slow leak that finally bursts. Alistair Begg warns us that regardless of how strong we think we are, we are not immune to the pitfalls that bring about marital chaos. Because of this, we should carefully consider the environment to which we subject ourselves, working hard to establish boundaries that protect our marriages.
The greatest joy we will experience in marriage is found when we learn to put our partner first. When we value the happiness of our spouse over our own happiness, we will begin to understand the meaning of true, sacrificial love. Alistair Begg teaches us several ways that will help us show love and appreciation for our husband or wife.