February 14, 2012

Marriage Covenant

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- February 14, 2012

“It [wisdom] will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.” Proverbs 2:16-17

Marriage is a covenant before God, not to be messed with by man. It is not a secular ceremony, but a Christ-centered commitment ‘until death do us part’. However, there are tempters, both men and women, who try to take away the trust between a husband and a wife. Their life is unhappy, so they scheme for artificial satisfaction at the expense of someone else’s marriage.

Sin is not passive but active, so be on prayerful alert not to listen to its allure. Pay attention and do not place yourself in compromising circumstances. Marriage is a sacred obligation; God is not only a witness, but the one who instituted the ordinance, so stay true to Him and your true love.

“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” Hebrews 13:4

Marriage is accountability between husband and wife, under the authority of Almighty God. This is why wayward men and women do not get away with disrespecting marriage vows. Disobedience to an oath before God leads to the damaging and even death of relationships, reputation, financial security, emotional stability and physical health. Husbands and wives who take seriously their commitment to Christ and to each other do not get seduced into sex outside their marriage.

How do you maintain this high standard of honor? By God’s grace you romance each other like the days when you were dating. You only share your heart and affections with your true love, the bride of your youth. You determine not to be alone with anyone of the opposite sex, as this can feed temptations. Lastly, celebrate and uphold marriage as a solemn covenant before the Lord, your family, your friends and each other.

“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “As I live, surely My oath which he despised and My covenant which he broke, I will inflict on his head.” Ezekiel 17:19, NASB

How can I honor my spouse by respecting our marriage as a covenant before God?

Related Readings: Numbers 5:12-22; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:27-32

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Comments

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  2. Melee Bailey via Facebook says:

    Where does the Bible say “til death do us part”. My husband passed away suddenly last yr & I do not consider myself a widow, I say I am still married & will always be-he is my beloved husband GIVEN TO ME BY GOD. I know I will be reunited w/my husband as his wife for eternity bc I have ASKED just that of God. Matt 21:22, John 14:14. When God made covenants w/ Abraham, Issac & Jacob, they were not “til death”. When God makes a covenant it is EVERLASTING.

  3. JW says:

    As someone who has been a committed Christian for years and yet did succumb to a relationship outside my marriage, this was hard for me to read, and remember the dark place I was a few years ago. It’s important to remember that even Christians fall. That doesn’t mean our commitment to Christ is any less true now, even though we chose a very dark road in the past. I struggle to remember and accept his forgiveness, wondering if I deserve it. It’s something I will continue to deal with for the rest of my life. I will strive to protect and honor any future marriage I may enter into, should God allow that for me.

  4. Cheryl Collins via Facebook says:

    @Melee Bailey….Romans 7:2 says “for the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband”.

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