While divorce is shockingly prevalent in our generation—the pain, discouragement, and abandonment of it still hurts. Many people who are divorced didn’t plan for it or even expect it to ever come to their marriage. In spite of the fact that God hates divorce, it happened in Moses’ day, Jesus’ day, and our day as well. As believers you must fall into the arms of Jesus Christ through the comfort of His word to cope with a divorce. Allow these 7 good Bible verses to speak to your heart during this difficult season:
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There is hope
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).
One of the first and most dominant emotions to struggle with in a divorce is utter hopelessness. You’ve made a covenant with God and your spouse in the midst of family and friends to never part—and yet here you are. Discouragement is Satan’s main weapon against believers in this difficult time. However, there is hope and grace in Christ to make it through the pain of divorce. Put your hope in God to take care of you spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
There is peace
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
In the chaos and calamity of divorce, peace will often feel far away. Yet by trusting in the Lord rather than how you feel brings peace in the midst of stormy days. When you wake up every day with your mind set on God’s goodness—He will get you through it with His perfect peace. It’s not a one stop shop with peace, it’s an ongoing process of learning to trust in God’s faithfulness through unknown territories of life.
There is joy
“For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
It seems hard to believe that there can be joy through this devastating experience. Yet the Lord knows how to bring joy alive in your heart during this time. Your strength to get through this divorce will be rooted in the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. While you can’t take away the experience and disappointment of a divorce, through Christ the sting of it will eventually diminish in His presence of joy.
There is comfort
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life” (Psalm 119:50).
In a divorce situation, loneliness can creep into your heart and mind. Yet it is possible to be alone and not lonely for those who seek their comfort from the Lord and not the empty promises of the world. The Lord has made many promises to those who love Him and He keeps every last one of them. Search for His promises in the Bible and cling to them all day and night to bring you the comfort you desire.
There is provision
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
For many people divorce can bring financial disaster especially if you weren’t the breadwinner of the family. You could find yourself suddenly having to make major financial decisions in a short period of time. These are days of seeking wisdom from God to lead you to the right people to help give direction with your finances and finding sustainable income. The Lord promises to meet all your needs and to not forsake you nor your family.
There is justice
“For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:30-31).
There can be great pain for those whose divorce stemmed out of adultery. It’s difficult enough to figure out the needs of your family and your own personal needs; but to also struggle with the betrayal can be overwhelming. Yet if you intend to seek revenge instead of trusting God to repay—you will only end up a bitter and disappointed person. This is a time of casting all your cares on God in order to gain strength so you can forgive the adulterer.
There is a future
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Divorce will feel like it’s the end of the world. In many ways, it is the end of a relationship and everything that was promised in it. Yet the Lord is above your divorce and is able to make all grace abound towards you to move forward in faith. Your future isn’t limited or restricted because of a divorce; rather through Christ you have a calling and purpose to fulfill in spite of it.
Coping in Christ
You may feel that you will never get through this divorce. However, in Christ all things are possible and you can move past it towards God’s purpose for your life. The Lord will never leave nor forsake you in the season of suffering. He will make His presence known to you when you seek after Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. You will move beyond just coping and begin to live victoriously in Christ.
Related reading for you: Bible Verses About Divorce
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Encouraging Bible Verses after Divorce ~ Inspirational & Comforting Scriptures (Bible Verses for Divorce Comfort, Divorce Recovery, Dealing with Divorce)
Thoughts & Prayers (Please scroll further down for Verses!)
Dear Friend, I am so very sorry. I am lifting you up in prayer today. I am praying that God will send His encouragement and strength to you. I pray that you will be reminded in such a tangible way, of how much God loves you! I pray that you will keep staying hopeful and that you will keep fixing your eyes on God!
However complex this situation might be, please hand it completely over to God and please trust that God will work it all out for the best. This is certainly not an ideal situation, and I am truly sorry things have come to this. But please remember that with our cooperation, God will take all our mistakes, mishaps and misfortunes, and turn them around, working them all out for the best! God is a creative God, and He is the master at rebuilding and reconstruction! He can use anything and everything for his glory – please, don’t ever forget this! Dear Friend, there’s hope!
I lift you and your entire family (including your ex) in love and prayer today. I pray that God will visit every single one of you. I pray that His mighty name will be glorified in all of your lives! I pray that your hearts will be turned to God, and that His perfect will be done in your lives. I pray that He will fill you to overflowing with joy and peace, and that your lives will be a testimony to others! I pray that many will see you and give thanks to God! The best is yet to come in Jesus name!
Find below Inspirational, Comforting & Encouraging Bible Verses after Divorce. I pray this blesses you!
Philippians 4:6-7, NIV Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 42:5, NLT Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God!
Isaiah 26:3, NLT You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Ephesians 6:10, ESV …Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
Romans 8:28, NASB And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:38-39, NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 30:5, ESV For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Deuteronomy 31:6, NLT So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Philippians 4:19, ESV And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:13, NLT I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 23:18, NIV There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Psalm 39:7, NLT And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
See also: We all need hope ;
Bible Verses about Abandonment ; Bible Verses about Fixing your eyes on God ;
Bible Verses about Being Expectant ; Bible Verses about Trusting God ;
Be Strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might ;
Bible Verses about God’s Unfailing & Unconditional Love ; and
Choices in Daily Life – 21 Inspirational Choices to Make Every Day
Sending you big hugs, lots of love, and best wishes. It is well! God is with us always! Your future is bright! The best is yet to come in Jesus name ~ There’s hope!
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A husband or wife may dissolve a marriage for almost any grounds and remarry, regardless of the will of their spouse. The result is that many people marry without considering the teaching of the Bible. Please consider this careful study of the Biblical teaching.
And if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery. | Mark 10:12
Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. | Romans 7:3
And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. | Mark 10:11
And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife? | Mark 10:2
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. | Acts 2:38
Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. | 1 Corinthians 7:27-28
And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery. | Matthew 19:9
But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. | Matthew 5:32
But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace. | 1 Corinthians 7:15
But if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. | 1 Corinthians 7:11
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. | Ephesians 4:32
Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. | Luke 16:18
For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. | Romans 7:2
For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. | Romans 7:2-3
For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless. | Malachi 2:16
Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. | Malachi 2:15
He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. | Matthew 19:8
It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. | Matthew 5:31-32
If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. | Titus 1:6
It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. | Matthew 5:31
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. | Hebrews 13:4
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. | Matthew 19:6
Then her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after she has been defiled, for that is an abomination before the Lord. And you shall not bring sin upon the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance. | Deuteronomy 24:4
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. | 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. | Genesis 2:24
You shall not commit adultery. | Exodus 20:14
In Malachi God makes it very clear how he feels about divorce. When He joins two sinful individuals together they are to be together until death. In the wedding vows you say, “for better or for worse for richer or for poorer.” Things like adultery are for worse. When it comes to things like verbal and physical abuse there should be separation, counseling from your church elders for both parties, and constant prayer.
Marriage helps conform you into the image of Christ. Your marriage will often be tough and sadly there are many who want to get divorced for bad reasons. Our first option shouldn’t be divorce because we know the Lord hates it. How can you break something that our holy God has made for $150?
This should not be. We should always seek forgiveness and restoration. The Lord can fix anyone and any relationship. The only time divorce should be considered is when there is deliberate continuous horrendous unrepentant sin.
Marriage vows are not something you can take lightly.
Proverbs 20:25 “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.”
Ecclesiastes 5:5 “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”
Matthew 5:33-34 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne.”
Ephesians 5:31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
1. The church is the bride of Christ. If Christ ever abandons the church, then divorce may occur.
Ephesians 5:22-32 “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church.”
Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
1 Corinthians 7:14-15 “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbeliever leaves, let it be so. The brother or the sister is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.”
3. Sexual Immorality
Matthew 5:31-32 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.’ But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne.”
Matthew 19:9 “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Regardless of what the reason is God still hates divorce.
Malachi 2:16 “For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”
Marriage is a work of God not man so only God can break it. Do you understand the seriousness of this passage?
Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”