Thursday, April 06, 2006

Marriage: Covenant vs Contract

Nathan and I received pre-marital counseling from a couple that have since moved to Virginia and are working for the Covenant Marriage Movement. Some of the things they taught us during our sessions seemed like common-Christian sense to me. Come to find out however, not everyone is being taught the same way and most couples have completely missed out on the teaching of marriage as a covenant and not a contract.

A covenant is: a binding agreement made by two or more persons/parties; a solemn, formal, binding agreement; a promise, usually under seal.

Marriage falls under the category of a covenant agreement because it is not something you can opt out of in the instance of a "breech." Its an eternal promise under the seal of Heaven.

I know that there are a lot of people who read this blog that have been divorced before and this isnt meant to slam you. I just think its important for our unmarried readers to understand that marriage is binding not by documentation but through Christ's blood. It's not something that comes with conditions. It is a sacrificial love that deserves the hard work it will take to maintain it.

If you would like more information on the subject go HERE. Also may I recommend a book that our premarital counselors wrote called Covenant VS Contract: Experiencing God's blessing in and through your marriage by Dave Brown and Phil Waugh.

1 comment:

Roxann said...

This hurts....Both in the marriage must share a Christian faith....

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