Everybody loves a good wedding story, and there is nothing better than two people falling in love and deciding to bind their love in marriage. Oh, the romance of it all.
Unfortunately, as we know, all marriages don’t last. Some end because death does them part, and for many others they end through divorce. Regardless of how you got there, whether through death or divorce, you may find yourself in a situation where you have gone from being married to being unmarried.
For many people in this position, they may desire to get remarried, but what does the Bible say about remarriage and how can you apply this to your life if you are in this situation?
Does the Bible Allow Remarriage?
Before I go further, I want to be clear of what marriage is. The Biblical definition of marriage is a legally and spiritually binding contract between one man and one woman.
When it comes to marriage, I know we like to focus on the love part, but the truth is when you get married, you are taking a binding oath – before God, before the law, and before men. This oath is your agreement to be committed to one person for as long as you both shall live.
Now that we have defined that let’s consider the question of getting remarried. What the Bible says about remarriage is that yes, it is possible.
A person can get remarried, however there are conditions where this is allowable and clear, and there are some instances where the answer may be a little more challenging. Let’s start with the easier one.
Remarriage after Death
The simplest situation to deal with is if one of the parties in the marriage dies. When this happens, then the vow that was taken has been fulfilled and the remaining partner who is alive is no longer bound to the terms of the marriage.
Remember the oath was to last as long as you both shall live. Consider what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:
Remarriage after Divorce
Of all the scenarios regarding remarriage, it is safe to say that deciding to get remarried after divorce can be challenging. The good news is that the Bible talks about remarriage even after divorce, so we have some guidelines to go by.
The first thing I want to say is that if you are divorced, you are not an outcast, you are not lesser than, and nobody should make you feel this way, especially in the church. Let’s consider some different divorce scenarios and how it measures up against your ability to remarry.