The Permanence Of Marriage
By bro Lee Tian Seng
When God instituted marriage in the beginning, He instructed man and woman to cleave or join to one another and become one.
Genesis 2:24 - Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
God intended for marriage to be for life. A person is bound in marriage for as long as he or she lives.
Romans 7:2-3 - For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
No one should put away his or her spouse because God hates divorce.
Malachi 2:16 -“For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,” says the Lord of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.”
Therefore, we should choose our mates carefully because marriage is for life. We should also commit ourselves to marriage and make it work.
Jesus teaches us that the only permissible reason for divorce is fornication and one who divorces his or her spouse for any other reason and marries another person commits adultery.
Matthew 19:9 (KJV) - And I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
So, if one is divorced for any reason than for fornication, he or she should not remarry.
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 - Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.
Therefore, one should find out the reason of the divorce before considering marrying a divorcee. If the divorce is not because of fornication, the person is not scripturally eligible to get married again. However, if it is because of fornication, the innocent party or one who did not commit fornication can remarry.