There are nuances that come every new relationship and a second marriage is no exception. According to the Bible, marriage was created by God and ordained to be a life-long union between a man and a woman. Is it the same thing when you remarry?
Will God Bless a Second Marriage?
The Bible states that subsequent marriage after a divorce when the ex-partner is still alive is considered adultery.
Matt. 19:9 “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Does this Mean a Second Marriage is a Sin?
In the Book of Deuteronomy 24:1-4, it could be deduced that God doesn’t have a problem with a second marriage.
“When a man takes a wife and marries her, if then she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, and she departs out of his house, 2 and if she goes and becomes another man’s wife, 3 and the latter man hates her and writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house, or if the latter man dies, who took her to be his wife, 4 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.”
Some people could argue that just because God allows some things doesn’t necessarily mean that He is pleased. There are Bible scholars that are of the opinion that death is the only thing that should end a marriage. Therefore, divorce is seen as going against the will of God.
What Does the Bible Say About Remarriage?
In most instances, remarrying is considered adultery unless the spouse has died. Sexual immorality is also cited as an exception. Here are some of the Bible verses that talk about divorce and remarriage:
1 Corinthians 7:10-16: 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.
To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him.
For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
Romans 7:2-3: 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.
Matthew 19:3-9: And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?”
Will God Bless a Third Marriage?
As it has been stated, when a spouse willfully divorces, their first or second partner, they can’t expect the third marriage to be blessed by God. It’s certain that God doesn’t like divorce.
Can God Forgive You For Getting Divorced?
Divorce just like any other sin can be forgiven. All sins are forgiven through Christ.
Micah 7:18-19: Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.