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DIVORCE HURTS

October 28, 2004

By: Pastor Bob & Gloria Paquet

 

In 1997 the likelihood of a first time marriage ending in divorce was 43%. This affected 2.5 million men and women and over 1 million children. According to Divorce magazine, “Fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 90% of homeless/runaway children, 85% of children with behavior problems, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youths in prison, well over 50% of teen mothers.” (http://www.divorcemag.com/statistics/statsUS.shtml)  Obviously the consequences of divorce are devastating. Marriage was originated by God to be a one-flesh (Gen.2:24), life-long (1 Cor.7:39; Rom.7:2-3) covenant commitment (Mal.2:14); the primary basis of society, providing a safe sanctuary (the family) for one man and one woman to live together as husband and wife until death. The family was intended to provide all the basic needs of the husband, the wife and the children (food, shelter, clothing, love, education, etc). When this covenant relationship is broken there is not only a separation but a tearing apart of lives as each member of the family finds himself faced with emotional and financial insecurity, anger, depression, loneliness, and thoughts of failure. Individuals often become obsessed with material things (who is going to get what) and children are often caught in the middle and used as pawns. The causes of divorce vary; however, the most common appear to be poor communication, financial problems, lack of commitment, change in priorities, infidelity, substance abuse, failed expectations, unmet needs, and sexual or emotional abuse. In other words, the main reason for divorce is choice and sin. (http://www.aaml.org/Marriage_Last/MarriageLastText.htm)  we at Hope Ministries believe that divorce can be prevented and reconciliation is possible if the individuals involved are willing to seek help and seriously consider what the Bible has to say about this most important of relationships.  If you have been divorced or are considering a divorce we are available to help you. What if the Bible is true? God Gives Hope

Hope Ministries, Inc. is a Christian Counseling Center. We are available because we care about you and desire to help anyone who is struggling to overcome life’s difficult situations. Give us a call at 914-482-5300 or toll-free 888-905-HOPE.


 

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