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(Matthew 19:3-6 NLT) Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?” “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.’ And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”
√ Marriage is a COVENANT not a CONTRACT.
(Luke 22:20 NLT) After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people–an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.
√ Covenant is based on mutual COMMITMENT.
√ Contract is based on mutual DISTRUST.
√ Covenant SURRENDERS right and assumes responsibility.
√ Contract PROTECTS rights and shirks responsibility.
√ Covenant has the INTERESTS OF THE OTHER in mind.
√ Contract has PERSONAL CONVENIENCE in mind.
1. We will MAKE THE CHOICE to love.
(Colossians 3:14 NLT) Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
2. We will PRIORITIZE our relationship.
(Matthew 6:33 NLT) Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
(Galatians 6:7-9 NLT) Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.. . . . So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
3. We will TRUST God.
(Psalm 127:1 NLT) Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects (FIGHTS FOR) a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.