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Relationship Goals: Covenant-Keeping


“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel    after that time,” declares the Lord.“I will put my law in their minds  and write it on their hearts.I will be their God, and they will be my people .(Jeremiah 31:33, NIV) 


4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
(Matthew 19:4-6, NIV)


Marriage Ceremony Question

Will you have this person to be your spouse, to live 

together in the holy bond of marriage?  Will you 

love them, honor them and care for them, under all conditions and circumstances of life, and through 

the grace of God, be faithful to them so long as you 

both shall live?  


Marriage Vows

I do promise and covenant to be your loving and

faithful spouse for better, for worse; for richer, 

for poorer; in sickness and in health; so long as 

we both shall live.



Key Point #1: 
A Marriage Covenant Needs Mutual Submission

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.(Ephesians 5:21, NIV) 


Key Point #2:
A Marriage Covenant is Selfless 


Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out. (1 Corinthians 7:4, MSG).


Key Point #3:
A Marriage Covenant is Sacrificial 


Husbands,love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… (Ephesians 5:26, NIV) 


Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.(John 15:13, NIV) 


Key Point #4:
A Marriage Covenant is Unconditional 


12 To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her. 13 And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. (1 Corinthians 7:12-13, NIV)    


Key Point #5:
A Marriage Covenant is Honorable 


Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure… (Hebrews 13:4, NIV)