Marriage is a Covenant, and a Confession that was designed by God from the beginning of time.
God invented marriage at the very beginning of the Bible. In Genesis chapter 2 God says, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper.” It’s important to note that God didn’t create ten women for Adam to choose from. God created one woman and in the process created marriage. From that first couple God intended marriage to be a Covenant and not a Contract.
A contract is spelled, “I F.” In a contract we have two parties, we have stipulations or requirements and we have benefits:
- If you will do this I will do this;
- I will do that when you do that;
A contract is conditional and is dissolved when one party breaks it but a covenant is not conditional on the behaviours of the parties involved; it is based on their character.
In the marriage covenant a husband should love his wife forever, not because of what she does but because of who he is. It shouldn’t even matter what she does at all, he should love her and cherish her forever because he is faithful in love and not because she is faithful in behaviour. Likewise, a wife should love her husband because of who she is, whether he deserves it or not.
Well wouldn’t that be just ducky if that worked? Like my Grandpa Walker used to say, “When ifs and buts are berries and nuts we’ll all have a Merry Christmas!” There are usually just two problems with your typical marriage: Continue reading