A post from several years ago about being set apart for Christ.
31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matthew 5:31-32
I will admit this is a tough devotional to write. I have been racking my brain for several days to find just what God would want me to say about these two verses. They are very self-explanatory. Do not get a divorce just because you want an easy way out of your marriage. Yet how do I apply this to our everyday life. That has been my dilemma.
Finally I decided to stop contemplating and read the notes on this passage from my study Bible. God had given Moses regulations about divorce because it was such a common practice in the ancient world. Sounds kind of like our world doesn’t it? Jesus comes back to this issue because divorce is wide spread again in His day and He is reminded them of God’s truth.
Marriage is to be a picture of God’s love for us, and He wants us it to be a permanent covenant just like His love for us is eternal. We are to model this to world and to be different than their customs. I think that is where we find the application of this passage. God does not call us to be like the world. He calls us to be different and set apart.
The only way we are ever going to have an impact and change the world is by living according to His ways and His laws, especially when they run counter to the ways of the world. We need to come out of our idealism that our culture is still “Christian” and realize how much it is not. We then need to seek to impact our culture for Him.
Today I urge you to be missional and realize that you are taking Him into the culture of those around you. Recognize that you need to act different and live by His standards. Leave Him by living according to Him.