God hates divorce and dishonesty (Malachi 2:13-15; Matthew 5:31-37).
Anyone experiencing this upheaval or watching someone close going through divorce is sure glad He hates it! What if God didn’t hate divorce and its consequences, or if He laughed at what divorce shows about us?
Divorce is really a public declaration of our sinful hearts. It is the reality show of how Adam’s sin has so affected our natures that God’s justice must demand our condemnation. He must step in as Judge in order to remain true to himself. Isaiah 1-39 repeats this over and over again: there is a sure day coming; a DAY of all days; a day of furious anger and wrath.
The rending apart of a couple and their family is a visible reminder of how hard our hearts are and what a mess we all are in. In addition, the whole legal divorce process reminds each of us of our need for mercy before the Judge of the whole cosmos. (A judge today may be careless, nonchalant, 0r show no mercy or compassion, but God is not like that.)
The Bible condemns dishonesty equally with divorce. Jesus urges us to keep our word, and the commandments and the prophets, like Isaiah, tell us not to take His name emptily or ever falsely represent what we know to be true. We are supposed to tell the truth. Vows, like divorce, are regulated and limited because of our tendency to do evil.
Dishonesty and divorce are all around us, aren’t they?
As long as we remain in this position which is “in Adam,” we have no hope of being saved on THAT DAY. But, once we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, God sees us as “in Christ” instead (Romans 5:12-21.) Jesus’ sacrificial death meets God’s demand for justice for us; His perfect life completely fulfills the demand of the law upon us, and is counted as our righteousness; His resurrection from death and hell is proof of who He is and His victory over sin and death.
How wonderful that God hates divorce and dishonesty! His settled anger against sin set in motion a grand plan of salvation out of His mere mercy. A Savior, a kingdom, a King, a life of grace…all certain for those whose view of their own hearts has shockingly revealed a need for salvation and righteousness. Our faith in Jesus Christ is then counted as our righteousness.
“Now it was not written for his sake alone (Abraham’s) that it (righteousness) was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:23-25).
Let divorce and dishonesty–your own and that of others– that “Reality Show”–remind you of all of our need for mercy–found only through faith in Christ Jesus. Won’t you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?