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By Luthando Mbaza In News and Articles



My marriage of five years is over. There is no love remaining in our relationship. We
disagree about everything and every conversation is tension-filled. I am thinking about getting
a divorce soon and probably marrying my old boyfriend from high school, who has been
talking to me lately. He has always been a very kind and sweet guy, we’ve always had fun
together and he still makes me laugh. As a Christian, I am wondering if it is alright to move
forward with this relationship that has so much promise. I know marriage is important to
God, but I also feel like God would want me to be happy. Your thoughts?
We are very sad to hear your marriage has not lived up to your expectations and you
are ready to leave it behind. Marriage is probably one of the most challenging relationships
on earth, even when the husband and wife are believers. So, unless you go into marriage with
your eyes wide open, invest in a rigorous process of premarital counselling/education, and make
Jesus the centre of your marriage, it is easy to become frustrated and give up on your marriage
Marriage was the first institution established by God at Creation as referenced in Genesis
2:18, 24: “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper
comparable to him…’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
and they shall become one flesh.”

Later on, in the New Testament, the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful for a man to
divorce his wife for any reason. Jesus responds in Matthew 19:4-6: “And He answered and said to
them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the
two shall become one flesh? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has
joined together, let not man separate.”
As you can see by what Jesus said to the Pharisees, marriage was meant to be a life-long
commitment between a man and a woman. This means, deciding to get married also includes
approaching it with an attitude of permanence. And, of course, as a believer, you would want your
marriage to be filled with God’s presence and power so you will both be patient and kind (1 Cor.
13:4) with each other and set the appropriate boundaries in your marriage to protect it from being
infiltrated by a past relationship.
Beyond God’s intention for marriage as a lifetime commitment, are there specific directives
for husbands on this matter? Ephesians 5:25 answers this question by declaring: “Husbands, love
your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” This passage of Scripture
tasks husbands with the responsibility of being to their wives what Christ has been to the church;
loving, kind, forgiving, patient, and faithful.
While you didn’t elaborate on what might be happening in your marriage, we would
hope you can both take stock of how you are measuring up on your mutual responsibility to your
marriage relationship. This is the time, to be sure, to get your marriage back on track and safeguard
your relationship from anything that would diminish its viability.
Jesus makes clear the acceptable parameters for divorce in Matthew 19:9: “And I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and
whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
We hope you desire to do what God wants for every marriage—to honour Him by being
faithful to Him and your marriage, and trust God to help you regain the love you once had for each
other. We pray this is an effort both you and your husband are willing to make.

  • Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson,
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