Author: Pastor Faith Oyedepo

Topic: What About Divorce? [Part 4]

Dear Reader,

So far, we have been able to establish the fact that from the beginning, God’s intention is for husband and wife to live together for life. We also saw the place of forgiveness, that we are not perfect people; we can make mistakes. Last week, I taught on the steps to take to make things right.

This week, being the last segment of the series, by the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we go on to see how a broken marriage can be restored back to honour and dignity. You may ask, “Is it possible?” Remember, with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

So many people are caught up in situations and conditions that make them shed secret tears. They have tasted the joys of union with a life partner, and then suddenly the story changes. Their joy is turned to sorrow, their pleasure to pain and the fun to frustration. Suddenly, it seems there’s no way out! Thank God in Christ, there is renewal and restoration.

When a couple divorces or separates, the honour that was formerly theirs in marriage is snatched away. The covering that was over them is thrown off; the hedge has been broken and anything negative can happen (Ecclesiastes 10:8). However, all hope is not lost, restoration to the place of honour is still possible.

Restoration means to “bring something or somebody back to a former place or position.” This implies a return to an original position, back to how it was at the beginning. After man fell, for instance, he was driven from Eden (Genesis 3:24). Jesus came, and restored man to his original position of dominion, fruitfulness and sweet fellowship with his Maker (Romans 5:15).

God is a God of restoration (Joel 2:25). Only Him can give a man a fresh start. “Forget the past, reach for a new beginning!” God’s Word says: Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing: now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it… (Isaiah 43:18-19).

Perhaps you’re already divorced, God is capable of restoring your marriage. If He could restore life to Lazarus, then He can cause your home to come back alive. Stop complaining to all who would listen, only Jesus has a lasting solution. Present your case before Him. God’s Word says: Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons… (Isaiah 41:21).

God is able to reunite your family. Your belief triggers the miraculous. Martha wanted help for Lazarus before he died (John 11:1-44). Now he was dead she could not believe Jesus could raise him. Before a problem `dies’ we believe it can be raised but after it appears dead we write it off. Don’t write off your marriage and home; Jesus is available to resurrect it back to honour and not shame.

Feed your faith with the Word of God and study materials by anointed men and women of God. Look at this testimony:

A husband and wife, who had traveled all the way to their village for the dissolution of their marriage, for some mysterious reasons changed their minds and returned to their city of residence for a legal divorce first.

While at home, someone invited them for one of our women’s pro grammes. After the anointed message, both man and wife agreed to have a second go at the marriage. They re-exchanged wedding vows and rekindled the fire of love and commitment. The same God who did this for them can intervene in your situation!

Perhaps you have experienced a divorce and are asking whether re-marriage is possible, when ones spouse refuses to return. The Bible says: Yet if the unbelieving one leaves, let him leave; the brother or the sister is not under bondage in such cases… (I Corinthians 7:15 (NASB).

This is important because many people are under condemnation by their consciences and certain church doctrines, when their spouses remarry or refuse to have them back. God’s Word permits remarriage. Why? But if they have not self-control (restraint of their passions) they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame (with passion and tortured continually with ungratified desire (I Corinthians 7:9 (AMP)

However, before re-marriage is considered, one’s spouse would have refused totally to have you back into their home. Believers however, have no excuse for divorce!

Do you want Jesus to step into your marriage? There is need for you to surrender your life to Christ. This is done by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Savious.

Now I know I am born again!

Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through, and; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.

For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).

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