Shane Idleman on Why There Is Still Hope in the Midst of Your Divorce

With millions of Americans now classified as divorced and “newly single,” the need to address this topic in a series of articles is unavoidable and necessary. In 1998, there were estimated to be over 19 million divorced adults. That number has grown substantially.

That’s why it’s vitally important that two people enter the marriage covenant putting God first. The beliefs, goals and plans of two individuals are reflected in one relationship, the marriage—spiritual compatibility is critical.

As we read in 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion has light with darkness?” Recall what was said two weeks ago: In the book Sacred Thirst, the author writes, “The bride and groom are standing in front of everyone, looking better than they are ever going to look again, getting so much attention and affirmation. Everybody even stands when they walk in so it’s easy to think this marriage, at least, is about them. It’s not.

“Just look at the worn-out parents sitting in the first pew—they understand this. The only reason these parents are still married is because long ago they learned how to handle the hurt they caused each other. They know that the last thing you ever want to do with hurt is to let it define you.”

This last statement offers one of the most profound points that I’ve read on brokenness. Those who do not allow hurt to entrap them can turn brokenness into an unbreakable force, but those shackled by past pain are truly imprisoned by it—the walls we build to protect us may eventually imprison us.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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