Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage Situation # 1

A mate fornicated on another mate years ago. The innocent mate forgives the fornicator of the sin because the fornicator repents and asks for forgiveness (Matthew 6:12; 18:21,22). Years later, the same marital couple starts to experience marital problems that do not involve the sin of fornication. Is the mate allowed to put the other mate away that was once guilty of the aforementioned fornication many years ago?

No. The mate is not allowed to put away the mate for the aforementioned fornication because the mate forgave the fornicator. Since the fornicator repented and asked for forgiveness and forgiveness was granted by the innocent mate, then the matter is forgiven just as God forgives our sinful activity when we as Christians repent and confess (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9). He states in Hebrews 8:10-12: "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, "Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

God does not bring up a person's sin once again if that sin has been repented of and forgiven. May we all strive to imitate God in all our relationships, especially the marital relationship (Hebrews 13:4).

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