Scripture: Matthew 19:8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.”
Devotional: This passage gives an example of why divorce grieves God’s heart so: it is indicative of a deeper issue of hardness of heart. God clearly understands the tendency of the human heart toward hardness; so much so, He has made provisions for it. But as we can see, it’s not His intention. Ezekiel 11:19 says, “I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
If you are currently facing the pain of divorce, examine your heart. Despite the hurt, be intentional about keeping your heart tender toward God. Allow Him to remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. This is not just a one-time thing, it’s a constant surrender.
- Take some time to examine your heart. In what areas is there hardness there? Pray a prayer of surrender to God and allow Him to soften those places.