source of our faith. It’s imperative to understand that marriage is a covenant,
or a binding contract in which two parties exchange promises to perform this or
that. Penalties were written into some covenants to punish oath breakers, and
things of value were pledged in some covenants to encourage the parties to hold
their end of the agreement until its fulfillment. Consequences could be dire if
covenants were broken. Damaged character, wars, dissolved mergers, and
generations of resentment could result.
Christians, our marriages are covenants; our exchanges of promises in marriage are with God preeminently.
So if covenants are meant to be binding on both parties until their fulfillment,
and carry penalties and encouragements, then how much more should we carefully
consider our covenants when the other party is our Lord?
Next month, we will begin to examine the faithful convictions and behaviors given in the
scriptures for building a God-pleasing marriage.