Marriage is a beautiful act that combines the physical and emotional parts of two people, as well as the spiritual concept of God in their lives. These three facets are all brought together in marriage. Marriage refers to a loving and selfless relationship between a man and a woman that is bound by their vows made before man and God. But what about remarriage involving the same person? Is this permissible according to the Bible?
In the Bible, divorce is only permitted in a few very specific circumstances. However, remarriage to the same individual is permitted, provided neither party committed adultery. A believing woman who committed a sinful divorce should either remain unmarried or reconcile and get back together with her husband (and vice versa).
For a Christian, giving in to the temptation of divorce when things get tough in a partnership is simply not an option. Permission can only be given if one spouse has been sexually immoral and the other has remarried, if an unbeliever leaves his or her spouse because of the partner’s faith, or if the other spouse has died.
Only people whose divorces are based on biblical principles should be eligible for remarriage. On the other hand, remarriage to the same person is allowed, particularly if the original divorce was based on the grounds of sinful behavior. Reconciling with one’s spouse after an act of unforgivable conduct is the best evidence that a person truly feels sorry for what they’ve done and is willing to make up for their transgressions. If, on the other hand, the faithful spouse’s former partner is not a believer, and has already found someone else to marry, then the faithful partner is free to pursue other loving relationships, so long as they are not conducted in a way that is contrary to the teachings of the Bible. In this situation, it’s important for that person to get advice from church leaders so they can grow in their faith and become more spiritually mature.
Even if a married couple has experienced difficulties in their relationship, which led to one or both of them falling away from their faith and sinning, this does not make them automatically unworthy of God’s love. The Lord is kind, and He is able to forgive even the gravest of sinners. However, in order to receive forgiveness, one must first demonstrate true repentance and humble themselves before the Lord. There is no sin too grave for the Lord to forgive, especially when the prayer for forgiveness comes from a heart that is sincere. Because Jesus triumphed over sin when He died for all of us on the cross, neither shame nor sin has power over us.
When we remarry the same person, we get a new opportunity to see God’s love manifested in our lives from the perspective of our partners. As is said in the Bible, whoever finds a wife finds a good thing. Therefore, the fact that you have found the person you will spend the rest of your life with is a blessing from God. By virtue of the holy union that takes place when a man and a woman join together in marriage, the couple ceases to be two distinct individuals and instead becomes one flesh. It is also written that no man can ever separate what the Lord has joined together, as it is not possible. As soon as a person makes the same commitment in front of God as they do in front of their spouse, they are already bound by that pledge, and they should not break it, since doing so is an abomination in the eyes of God.
Is It a Sin to Remarry Again?
Both divorce and remarriage are complicated ideas that are, more often than not, misunderstood by those who are unfamiliar with them. The idea of grace and forgiveness is neglected at some point in the interpretation of these, which makes it a challenging concept to navigate. Are Christians truly breaking the law if they marry again? Will they be held accountable for it?
If the second marriage was initiated after the death of the first spouse, then the act of remarrying is not considered a sin. In that circumstance, the definition of married status is no longer applicable to them. On the other hand, a second marriage is a sin if there was no lawful divorce before it took place.
One may argue that getting married is the beginning of a happy and joyous life. The fact that the subsequent marriage was entered into as a moral and pious choice for Christians is the determining factor, in this case. After that, they will be in a position to take pleasure in all facets of their marital lives.
Although it is written that a wife is obligated to be faithful to her husband for as long as he lives, a marriage of this type is no longer valid if any of the parties involved are no longer present. In certain circumstances, one is free to marry another person and do so without sinning in the eyes of God. A woman is guilty of committing adultery if she is cohabitating with another man and engaging in sexually immoral conduct with that man, while being fully aware that the other man is not her husband. It would be the same if the husband were the member of the partnership who wasn’t being loyal.
By making marriage, as well as subsequent marriages, a need for man’s preservation, God has provided a safeguard against sin. Human flesh has the potential to lead to sexual immorality. Because of this, a man and a woman should get married and find a spouse according to the laws they both believe. This is done in order to stop a man and a woman from giving in to temptation and falling into the trap of sin.
These verses can be used to help us grow in our spiritual journey with the Lord.
1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?
2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
1 Corinthians 7:39
The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:10-11
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
2 And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man’s wife.
3 And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife;
4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
1 Corinthians 7:2-5
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
Since marriage is a commitment that a man and a woman make in front of God, Christians like us ought to remember that marriage is sacred—and regard it as such. If someone claims that they have a good reason to file for divorce, that reason must be evaluated through the lens of God’s approval before it can be considered valid. In the event that some of our fellow Christians do succumb to sin, let us not rush to pass judgment on them and condemn them; rather, let us work to bring them to repentance and reconciliation. Keep in mind that God is loving and merciful, and therefore He listens and He forgives.