20070513a commitment in marriage

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Published on January 29, 2008

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Commitment In Marriage:  Commitment In Marriage The Marriage Covenant:  The Marriage Covenant A marriage is sacred and spiritual: Matthew 19.6 “Holy triune not a human duet” “Until death do us part” Proverbs 20.25 – half of all divorces occur within first two years! Covenant or Contract? Covenant based on trust; contract on distrust Covenant based on unlimited responsibility; contract on limited liability Covenant is lifelong, not broken; contract void by mutual consent Keeping Vows And Commitments:  Keeping Vows And Commitments Genesis 2.24 – “leave…and cleave” Cleave = “gluing, clinging to, grabbing hold with firmness” Matthew 19.6 – “What God has joined…let not man separate” We have no right to untie the knot God has tied! Ecclesiastes 5.2-7 – “pay what you vow” (cf. Numbers 30.2) Ephesians 5.25 – “Husbands, love your wives…” Agape love is an act of the will; it takes discipline Matthew 12.36-37 – do not speak carelessly! Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage “COMMITMENT…is what transforms a promise into a reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. It is the actions that speak louder than words. It is making the time when there is none, coming through time after time, year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of, the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.” Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage Successful marriage takes more than a “stick it out” attitude Often as time passes, vows seem less important and given very little, in any, attention Many people can’t even remember what they vowed! Must be active in our commitment, not passive Someone may stay in a marriage by being passive May not leave, but may not do anything to make marriage better Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage Active commitment says, “I made these promises to you as long as we both are alive and there is no condition to my promises. If things really get bad, you can depend on me. I will never go out and find a substitute mate.” If we disagree, hurt each other, frustrate, or disappoint each other…If I think I don’t get what I deserve…I will express how I feel, but regardless of hardship…I WILL KEEP MY VOWS! Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage Commitment must lead to skill development Foundation of successful marriage is keeping and fulfilling your marital promises (your vows) Our vows are serious, but often treated superficially Preacher left to “perform the ceremony” Couple so nervous, don’t even realize what they are saying Write your own vows (at least review, know, agree with them) Reflect and review often after married Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage We need better informed couples Young couples need premarital Biblical counseling to make sure they understand what they are promising and what they should expect in their marriage! Those who are already married need to spend more time reflecting and acting on their marriage vows! Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage Dr. Clark Warren (Triumphant Marriage) suggests a change in frequency of the marriage vows Instead of once a lifetime; 2 or 3 times a week the first 10 years and at least once a week for the rest of the marriage This maintains focus on the steel framework of the marriage Verbalized over long period takes on tremendous power HOW? Best way is to find make them neutral, meaningful, and fun; be creative Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage:  Commitment, Cornerstone of Marriage Example: Sue and James – “I will love you when times are good or bad. I will cherish you even if I am upset with you. I will honor you at all times. I will never be disloyal to you. And I mean this forever. So help me God.” Didn’t leave the house without saying this to each other James developed a little tune to sing it to Sue They had dramatic results Card from James, “Sue and I are supremely happy together. Every-thing changed when we began focusing on our promises to each other.” Conclusion:  Conclusion Successful marriages do NOT come easily Husbands and wives must be skillful and strong Young people, know what you are committing to before you make the commitment And make sure the other person also knows Married couples, your marriage will benefit dramatically when you begin to place an emphasis on the commitment you have made to one another and your responsibilities to one another as given to you by God God’s Plan For Your Salvation:  God’s Plan For Your Salvation Hear God’s Word – Matthew 17.5; Romans 10.17 Believe in Christ – John 8.24; Romans 10.9 Repent of Sins – Luke 13.3; Acts 2.38 Confess Faith in Christ – Romans 10.10 Be Immersed in Water – Mark 16.16 Live Faithfully – Revelation 2.10; Colossians 1.21-23 Repent of Sins & Pray for Forgiveness - Acts 8.22 Confess Sins - James 5.16; 1 John 1.9

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