Divorce, Shame, and Earthen Vessels (BVOTD #4)

I know a guy who seems to feel ashamed as a Christian because his marriage ended in divorce. While healthy marriages certainly can attest to the gracious work of Christ in two people’s lives, so can broken relationships and divorce. My friend seems to think that his Christian “witness” is lost and thus has not told any of his co-workers about the divorce (which occurred in 2006).

How can one maintain a Christian witness in such a circumstance? According to 2 Cor 4, our brokenness, frailty, and failures are opportunities for the light of Christ to shine through our cracks.

Healthy marriages can say that God’s grace works itself out in real life (The Kingdom of God has come!)

Broken marriages say that God’s grace has not yet worked itself out fully in all areas (Let your Kingdom come!)

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay [earthen vessels], to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 2 Cor 4:7-10

Take heart, my friend. Your failed marriage is a testimony to the fact that we all need Christ.

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