Marriage – Part 2

Part 2 .
Marriage Types
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Contractual and Covenant Marriages
The differences
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Contract:  I take  thee for me.
Covenant: I give  myself to thee.
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Contract: You have to do
Covenant: How may we be
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Contract: What do I get ?
Covenant: What can I give ?
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Contract: I’ll meet you halfway.
Covenant: I’ll give you 100% plus.
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Contract:  I have to
Covenant: I want to
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A covenant marriage is intended by God to be a lifelong relationship exemplifying
  •  selfless love,
  • reconciliation,
  • sexual purity,
  • maturity
  • faithfulness
Covenants bear the fruit of a loving, faithful relationship.
The vows we exchange at our wedding reflect a relationship
set within the bonds of steadfast love and faithfulness.
The degree to which these words have value
is in direct proportion to the unselfish love
that dwells within our heart for the one
to whom we are repeating them.
Covenant partners take responsibility for their actions.
As partners in a covenant marriage relationship,
We are responsible for  our own  actions.
When we act selfishly irresponsible , going our own way ,
we are no longer in covenant , we are separated unto our self .
Covenants are based on freedom of choice.
Covenant marriages are not built on coercion, deceit, and domination .
Surrendering ourselves to another in love .
Surrender is freely given and grows from respect, not fear and manipulation.
We choose daily to love “as Christ loves the church.”
We must freely choose to love and honor covenant
in spite of  “feeling or not feeling”  like loving and honoring .
Covenants are rooted in actions based on choices, not feelings.
Our feelings are forever fluctuating.
Therefore to build a marriage on feelings is to build it on shifting sand,
which is unable to support the foundation of covenant marriage ,
rooted and grounded in love .
Covenant partners nurture , feed , and mature their relationship.
Covenant marriage will live and grow as we build up one another in love.
This takes place when we value our spouse more than ourselves.
As we experience the unselfish love of Jesus Christ, we are able to love  as He loves us
Covenant partners administer unselfish love, forgiveness, and reconciliation
while providing comfort and truth to their partner.
Covenants are based on commitments freely offered.
Covenant is built on selfless love, freely given and freely received.
As strange as it may sound ,
a covenant marriage is one in which the
“tie that binds the couple together “…
is a commitment freely offered with no strings attached.
YAHushua does have a marriage plan .
He desires to see our love grow and bear fruit.
The goal of a covenant marriage is not to merely enjoy each other’s company
nor is it to simply endure to the end.
The goal of a covenant marriage
is to glorify God in our relationship
and to exemplify our marriage in Christ to the world.
Covenant marriage by definition
must consist of two willing partners walking together in agreement .
Where there is the absence of this … there is in reality no covenant .
Those who have read this ,
and would like to continue the exploration ,
I give you fair warning .
Much of what is to follow may , or may not ,
fit in with certain dogma , or doctrine .
Proceed at your own risk with focused attention and an open heart .
John , the baptizer of YAHushua  , was beheaded
and his head carried into Herod’s court
for the matters that are now laid open before you .
I expect no less from Herod’s court today .
Shalom Chaverim = Peace upon you friends
Baruch Ha Mashiyach = Blessings of the Messiah
YAHushua = Jesus