Does God hate Divorce?
God hates divorce has been the words repeatedly spoken to a woman who is in an abusive relationship.
God does hate divorce, but this scripture is given to A CHRISTIAN marriage, one where both spouses are serving the Lord. For when a husband and wife serve the Lord, then they can truly understand the covenant of marriage. Let us take a look at this verse.
1 Corinthians 7:15 (NKJV)
15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such case. But God has called us to peace.
Here we can see that the bible tells us if an unbelieving spouse wants to leave to let them go. God knows that it is very difficult to live with someone who does not believe in Him and will not obey His voice. If you read further it also states, that God has called us to live in PEACE!
There have been so many women who have been killed in an abusive relationship; because they were told by well-meaning friends, that God hates divorce! These women are told that they should stay in a relationship where they are being physically and emotionally abused! But God`s word tells us completely different, he tells us in 1 Corinthians 7:15 that he has called us to PEACE, there is no peace in a home where there is abuse.
God`s word is very clear that he wants the best for us.
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
If you are in an abusive relationship, know that God has not forgotten you and that he has called you to live a life of Peace, Hope, and Joy. A spouse that is being abusive is one that does not know Christ as his Lord and Savior.
1 John 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Love does not take someone and beat them inches from death!
There is a story in the bible about a young woman named Abigail, now the bible does not state that she was in a physically abusive relationship but it does state that she was married to a wicked man. Lets us take a look at this verse
1 Samuel 25:3The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb.
I urge you to read the rest of 1 Samuel 25, because it goes on to say that God dealt with Abigail`s husband and gave Nabal`s wife to King David. As most of us already know. King David was a mighty man of God, one who had found favor with God. King David was also well known as a man after the heart of God!
God took Abigail`s dysfunctional marriage and gave her a man that would truly love her; For God has called husbands to love their wives and love does not hurt!
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
An abusive relationship is NEVER God`s Plan for our life`s, But God came that we might have life and have it abundantly. If you are in a physically abusive relationship, get out and get help! remember your life holds great value to God!
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.