John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced?

Can God use me if I am Divorced? John Chapter 4

Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, “We’re no longer taking this on your say-so. We’ve heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He’s the Savior of the world!” (John Chapter 4:39-42, The Message)

John Chapter 4 records the story of the very first Samaritan to receive salvation by belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah.  She was both a woman, who were considered inferior to men in Biblical times, and a Samaritan, whom the Jews hated.  They were considered to be half-breeds – Jews who intermarried with the pagan people of the land.

Jesus and His disciples were on their way back to Galilee from the wilderness outside Judea where His cousin, John the Baptist was carrying on his ministry, because the Pharisees were comparing Jesus and John and causing division between the people (John Chapter 4:1-3).

It was midday when they came to Sychar in Samaria.  The disciples had gone to town to buy food and Jesus was resting by a well when he met a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water (John Chapter 4:4-8).  They have an exchange about “living water” and the woman asks Jesus for this “living water.”

He says, “’Go, call your husband and come back.’  ‘I have no husband,’ she replied. Jesus said to her, ‘You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.’” (John Chapter 4:16-17 NIV)

The disciples come back, surprised to find Him talking to the woman and, for once, held their tongues.  The woman goes back to town, tells everyone about this man she has met who “told me everything I ever did (John Chapter 4:29) and “many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony.”

Jesus used a woman, five times divorced and now living “in sin” to not only be the first Samaritan to hear the good news and be saved, but to bring countless others in her town to Jesus for salvation as well.

The Bible says that adultery is a sin.  Luke 16:18 says that a man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.  If we believe God’s Word is true, then we have to accept that if we divorce and remarry someone other than our original spouse, we commit the sin of adultery.  It’s black and white.  But we also know that God forgives all sins if we but ask Him and casts them as far as the East is from the West. (Psalm 103:12)  God’s forgiveness is for all sin.  God uses all sinners who desire to work for the Kingdom.  If He did not, there would be no one saved at all, since we know that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

God can, and will use you, if you are divorced.