Contract or Covenant. Do you recall your first elementary age puppy love? You were probably inside of a chalkboard classroom sitting in a wooden desk. Either you were the bold one that passed a note to a young lady you admired, or you were the bashful recipient.
The note instructed you to check ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if you were interested. Although you did not have advance knowledge about love and law, this was a short form of a contractual agreement.
Marriage is a God Ordained Covenant
Today, many marriages are established based upon a puppy love contract. They take the risk of starting during first period. If feelings are hurt, they have the assurance they may end them by recess. Marriage was the first earthly covenant created by God. 18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Gen. 2:18. A Christian marriage should be entered into as a serious agreement.
Since marriage is a God ordained relationship, it is sacred. Throughout the Bible, God demonstrates His reference for covenant relationships. The marriage covenant is between three persons: God, husband, and wife. Therefore, once vows are taken before God it becomes more than just a contract being made between two people.
God operates under covenant. This should be comforting to healthy and even dysfunctional marriages. If you keep God first in your marriage, He is obligated by covenant to dispatch help.
Agree to Marriage God’s Way
Since the institution of marriage was created by God, it must be done His way. A bond, an agreement is easily broken when it is regarded as a simple contract. It is almost expected for non-Christian marriages to end in divorce. God is not obligated to honor their contract because those marriages did not enter into a covenant with Him. A non-Christian does not place God first.
Choose to maintain a healthy marriage by acknowledging and allowing God to take His rightful place. He desires to bless your marriage and He is bound by His word, and His covenant.