"Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces."
God redeems divorce.
redeem: transitive verb/ 1 a: to buy back : repurchase; b: to get or win back; 2: to free from what distresses or harms: a: to free from captivity by payment of ransom; b: to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental; c: to release from blame or debt : clear; d: to free from the consequences of sin; 3: to change for the better : reform; 4: repair, restore; 5 a: to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby; b (1): to remove the obligation of by payment; 2): to exchange for something of value; c: to make good : fulfill; 6 a: to atone for : expiate; b (1): to offset the bad effect of ; (2): to make worthwhile : retrieve.
i reread this the other day and allover again, with each word, each beautifully penned phrase, the joy of His presence washed over me, casting the light of His love over any of my own private shadows of shame. i pray that it does the same for you today:
And this is the good news.
Even if the marriage covenant in your life was broken in the past, be assured of this: the ultimate marriage covenant is still intact.
Gaze upon a God who picks you up where you are,
not where you wish you were,
Where you thought you’d be;
or where you think you should have been.
He picks you up daily where you are
and He carries on his covenant with you.
We cannot undo our pasts, but God can clear them. And no matter what sin caused divorce in your life or what facets of your divorce were sinful, know this: Your eternal Husband is always forgiving. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:6-9)
Divorce is not the great sin, the unforgivable sin, the unpardonable sin. Divorce is not beyond the reach of God’s grace; in fact, it is well within the reach of God’s grace. [This doesn’t grant us a license to sin]; but know that you have an Eternal Husband who is great and gracious and merciful.
He always sustains, always strengthens, always provides for you and for your children with extra measures of grace that abound from heaven.
Your Eternal Husband is always forgiving and your Eternal Husband is always faithful.
Praise be to God.
He will never commit adultery against you.
He will never abandon you.
No matter what happens in this world, Jesus never forsakes His bride.
He never abuses you.
He always loves you,
And He always takes you back when you wander.
He is always patient,
He always cares for you,
He always protects you,
And He always delights in you.
Regardless of your past, whether you have been married once or fifty times, as a follower of Christ, the reality is: you are His Bride. Forever.
This is the gospel.
(source: The Church at Brook Hills: The Gospel & Divorce)
And this is the gospel that I will share. Unashamed. "For, I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes." Romans 1:16 NLT Love of My life
Look deep in My eyes
There you will find what you need
I'm the Giver of life
I'll clothe you in white
My immaculate bride you will be
Oh, come running home to Me.
~ Tenth Avenue North Lyrics