1 : a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement : compact
2 a : a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action
Our God is a Covenant making God as is readily seen in the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. The various covenants in The Bible including the Abrahamic, Noahic, Mosaic, Davidic, and of course the New Covenant are important as they attest to God’s dealings with man in His redemptive purpose. There is, however, one specific covenant instituted by God not listed above that was instituted by God: The Marriage Covenant.
A Man and a Woman
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
This is how the Creator of the universe defines it. Male and Female joined together as Christ is joined to His Church.
I am happily and passionately married to my wife of nearly ten years, Mindy Kay, and I recognize the importance of a Godly marriage. She was created by the very hand of God as a help-meet for me ( May the Lord have mercy on her ) in my sojourn in this strange land. She is a nurse, a cook, an exhorter, and a comforter. She is a mother and an educator….drying the tears of three unique and wonderful boys all the while making our house a home. She is my complementarian partner not only in ministry but in the whole of life and I thank God for her.
My goal, as should be every husband’s, is to love my wife as Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for Her. I am called to be the Protector, Provider, and Priest in our home and in the lives of our children and may God grant me the mercy and grace required for such a task.
I ask you now, today, wherever you are at, to pray for not only mine but for marriages around the world. Pray for purity, commitment, and honor to be present in the lives of men and women. Pray for the steadfast assurance that God is with us; that the love within marriage would be unconditional. Pray for your pastor’s, elder’s, and deacon’s marriages as they and their families serve God, the Church, and you. Pray that your children would find a godly mate and that they would be one. Pray for our families…….