Jesus on Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32

Jesus on Divorce – Matthew 5:31-32

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 5:31-21)

Pastor John’s Notes:

In Jesus’ day, a man could divorce his wife for any reason simply by giving her a certificate of divorce and sending her on her way. Women could not own property and did not have legal rights to sue; the only recourse of survival for a divorced woman was to find another husband. Jesus challenged this practice and gave only one condition where divorce was acceptable, which was sexual infidelity. Marriage is a gift from God which mirrors God’s love for his people. Jesus does not want us to take marriage lightly but seriously.


Lord, bless the marriages of your children. Let the foundation of marriage be sacrificial love and a permanent foundation for the family. Let our homes be havens of blessing and peace.