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Genesis 15:18 NIVOn that day the Lord made a COVENANT with Abram and said, “Toyour descendants I give this land…”“The covenant of marriage is the single most important human bondthat holds all of God’s work on the planet together.” — Jack HayfordHow to Be Committed to a Healthy Family: Understand the power of the marriage

Genesis 15:18 NIV
On that day the Lord made a COVENANT with Abram and said, “To
your descendants I give this land…”
“The covenant of marriage is the single most important human bond
that holds all of God’s work on the planet together.” — Jack Hayford
How to Be Committed to a Healthy Family:

  1. Understand the power of the marriage covenant.
    Covenant: BERIT — vow; binding; unbreakable God-promise
    Malachi 2:13-16 NLT
    …You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning
    because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept
    them with pleasure. You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my
    worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you
    and your wife made when you were young. But you have been
    unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of
    your marriage vows. Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In
    body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children
    from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your
    youth. “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To
    divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of
    Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your
    wife.”
    Luke 16:18 NIV
    “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits
    adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits
    adultery.”
    Matthew 19:4-10 NIV
    “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator
    ‘made them male and female,’ 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’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
    Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” “Why
    then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a
    certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses
    permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard.
    But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who
    divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another
    woman commits adultery.” The disciple said to him, “If this is the
    situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.”
    “It is not your worldly love that sustains marriage, but from now on the
    marriage covenant sustains your love.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  2. Understand that we can only give what we’ve received.
    John 15:9 NIV
    “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you…”
  3. Understand that this is a marathon and not a sprint.
    Some of us made a marathon commitment, but we’re running a sprint
    marriage.
    2 Timothy 4:7 NLT
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have
    remained faithful.