One of the things that I constantly encounter as a pastor is the pain of divorce. It hurts former husbands. It hurts former wives. It hurts the children of the union. Why does it hurt so badly? Certainly there are many reasons, some of which are unique to the circumstances surrounding each particular divorce. But, here’s one reason.
Regarding marriage, the Bible says, “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). This means that when a divorce takes place, you are ripping flesh apart. Imagine someone taking hold of the skin on your forearm, and then slowly pulling it back slowly. Such is the pain of divorce. No wonder it hurts so badly.