“… Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” – Jeremiah 31:3b
As I awoke this morning I felt strongly in my spirit that today’s devotional should be especially for people who are divorced.
If you’re divorced, I just want to let you know that Jesus still loves and cares for you.
Many divorced people today are being looked down upon and condemned. Such actions are not Christlike.
Divorce is not the unpardonable sin. Yes, it is true that God ordained that marriage should be for life, but if your marriage ended in divorce, God still loves and cares for you.
If your divorce happened because of things that you did, repent and ask God to forgive you—as David did in Psalm 51—and then go on with your life. Romans 8:1 states that there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.
You cannot undo the things that are already done. The past is already gone. God says in His Word that we should forget the things that are behind and reach for the things that are ahead. We should press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Don’t allow anyone to condemn you. In some churches divorced people are treated as outcasts, and this ought not to be. If you’re divorced, once you’re living in right standing with God, He still wants to use you to do great things for His Kingdom. God still has a calling and an anointing on your life, and there’s still a purpose for your life.
A lot of married people are “divorced” because they just live together. They have no communication with each other, and there’s no intimacy in their marriage. The only difference from being divorced is the legal dissolution of the marriage.
Once you’ve sought God’s forgiveness, don’t stay in a maze of condemnation and guilt and waste the rest of your life. God has already forgiven you. If you truly repent, God blots out your sins. He remembers them no more. Sometimes people remind you of your past and how you sinned, but it doesn’t matter what they think.
What God thinks is what matters. The truth is, we all have sinned and come short of the glory of the Lord. God is merciful, and He forgives and forgets. If God were to put all our lives on a TV screen, they would make a sad movie. For we were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity. But thank God for the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin! David sinned, but David repented and was a man after God’s own heart.
Divorced people often experience loneliness and rejection. We need to extend the love of Jesus Christ to them and not condemn nor put them down. We need to pray for them.
If you’re divorced, you’re still valuable in the sight of the Lord. You’re no less of a man or less of a woman. Focus on gaining an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Seek the Lord and ask Him to help you develop a hunger and thirst after righteousness. When you seek first God and His righteousness, all other things will be added unto you. When you’re in Christ, you’re never a failure. When you fall, He lifts you up again. Rely on the wisdom and strength of the Lord
If your self-esteem has faltered since your divorce, ask God to heal your emotions. If you’re still experiencing hurt, bitterness, and other works of the flesh as a result of what you experienced in your marriage, God wants you to release them all to Him today. You’ll never be able to be an effective Christian with these works of darkness in your life.
Yes, you may have been abused, misused and cheated on, lied to and taken for granted, but release it all to the Lord. It’s not worth losing your soul in hell. Release resentment and bitterness to God today. Lay it at the foot of the cross and leave it there. God is able to heal all the hurt and all the pain.
Forgive your spouse, family, in-laws, the other man or other lady, or anyone else who may have contributed to the pressures that led to your divorce. Most importantly, forgive yourself. God wants to set you free, and He wants you to be whole. Repent today and ask God to forgive you. Spend more time in prayer and in the Word of God than you have ever spent before.
Fellowship with the saints at a church where the uncompromised Word of the Lord is preached and taught.
Jesus Christ is coming soon, and there’s much work to be done. Don’t allow the devil to cripple you with condemnation and make you afraid to share the love of Jesus Christ. If you don’t forgive yourself, you’ll always be deceived into thinking that people are saying things about you and thinking things about you when they’re not.
Jesus Christ truly loves and cares for you. He wants to restore unto you all that the locust and the cankerworm have taken from you. Reach out to Jesus today. Lay your burdens down and rest peacefully in his arms.