Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What About Other Situations?

We may not have addressed your particular situation. You may ask, What if my mate is engaged in criminal activity? Is physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse grounds for divorce? What about substance abuse? What about Satanic activities?

Please do not confuse personal safety with a discussion of biblical grounds for divorce. If you or your children are in danger, take immediate steps to protect your family. A decision of whether or not divorce is appropriate should not be made in emergency circumstances.

The Bible does not specifically describe grounds for divorce beyond the two we have already examined. It does, however, offer guidelines for decision-making in all circumstances. As you faithfully follow these steps, the Lord's direction for your life will become clearer.

1. Prayer:
Ask God for direction. "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer" (1 Peter 3:12).

2. Bible study:
What biblical principles apply to your circumstances? "The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple" (Psalm 119:130).

3. Wise counsel:
Seek direction from your church leaders; these mature Christians can help you interpret Scripture, pray with you, and offer godly counsel. "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed" (Proverbs 15:22).

4. Guidance from the Holy Spirit:
That quiet voice in your head may be God's voice, urging you to take action. "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you" (John 14:26).

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