In the third installment of the “Bitter Roots” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at divorce in Hebrews chapter 12. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including how divorce breaks God’s covenant.

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Bitter Roots, Part 03

Hebrews 12:15 – 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

John 4:16-19 – 16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” 17 “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” 19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.

Matthew 5:31 – 31″It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’

The Process of Divorce

1. Dissatisfaction.

Mark 10:2-5 – 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.

  1. Legal Battle.
  2. Readjustment.

The Impact of Divorce

 Divorce spiritually rips apart two people.

Matthew 19:4-6 – 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”

 Divorce breaks God’s Covenant.

Sexual Infidelity and Divorce

 Sexual infidelity breaks the work of God and brings it to an end.

Matthew 5:32 – 32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

 Forgiveness prevents divorce.
Healing From Divorce

1. Ask for forgiveness for the sin that was committed.
2. Begin the process of forgiving your ex.
3. Deal with the grief in a healthy way by joining a group.
4. Be hopeful and encouraging in your children’s recovery process. 5. Focus on God’s plan for your life.