4th January, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE MARRIAGE COVENANT (Part One)
Genesis 2:25 (KJV)
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
We defined marriage as a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, which has binding aspects, and goes with some form of responsibilities. Before we look at what the binding aspects and responsibilities of marriage are, we will first discuss what the marriage covenant is.
Every human being born of a woman, goes through at least one of the three phases of human relationship. The first phase is “Dependence.” A one-day old baby is 100% dependent on the parent or caregiver for everything. As the baby grows, he/she goes through various levels of independence until he/she becomes totally independent of parental authority and control. This “Total Independence” is the second phase of human relationship. It is the phase one is said to have reached adulthood or maturity. Maturity is a stage in life where one takes decisions and makes choices and is prepared to be 100% responsible for the consequences.
The third and final phase of all human relationship is “Interdependence.” This is the phase every marriage is expected to operate at. Interdependence in marriage means, “I depend on you and you depend on me; and we BOTH have covenanted to do so mutually.” I dare say that some people are better of at the independence phase of human relationship, because marriage is not a contract where you can just walk in and walk out at will; it is a covenant! And a covenant is binding so long as both the husband and his wife are alive. That’s why you don’t enter into marriage unadvisedly.