Institute in Basic Life Principles

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If I’m a widow or divorced, who is my authority figure?

Since you are no longer accountable to a husband, God fulfills the role of Husband in your circumstances. However, be quick to seek wisdom through Godly counselors, such as parents, parents-in-law, pastors, or mature believers. God takes special care of widows. He is their protector: “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5).

If you are divorced and your former spouse is not remarried and it is appropriate, take whatever steps you can to rebuild your relationship. Invite God to work through your marriage to build Christ’s character in your life.

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This material is adapted from the Basic Seminar Textbook, pages 37–40.

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