Losing sight of God`s covenant with us and framing our relationship with God in a treatise distorts our understanding of who God is and how He thinks of us. And it unites us completely, so that we never exploit our full potential. While it is easier to prove a written contract, oral contracts are also valid. A contract says, “Do this for me, and I will do it for you.” Oral chords are part of everyone`s daily life. Here are some examples: I found this excellent comparison chart (below) from Brad Hambrick`s blog and found it very useful to explain the most important differences between a contract and a bund. There is much more than we could say here about the covenant and the biblical basis, but for the purposes of that contribution, this graph will be sufficient. Our response to our spouse, family or friends in these tense moments should reflect God`s loving response to our worst moment. That is why marriage is so important and why it is important to understand that by establishing an alliance between them, your spouse and God, you promise to display God`s love and grace in your personal life through your conjugal relationship! What a great honour, responsibility and privilege! A contract can be defined as a written and binding agreement between two or more parties. The agreement can be written or oral and mainly concerns sales, employment, rent and services. While a contract is an agreement between the parties, a contract is a promise between two parties. That is where we are today.

With marriage, reduced to a treaty rather than the covenant relationship originally desired by God, it becomes much more difficult to find good reasons why the state cannot recognize as marriages agreements that go beyond a man and a woman. A contract is concluded at the time of signing, while a confederation is sealed. Among the most disoriented and exchanged words in everyday use are the contract and the covenant. Most people, even preachers, tend to drop both words and use each other instead of the other. The fact is that there is no difference, especially if such words are to be applicable in the affairs of marriage. One way or another, our lost understanding of alliances has a significant impact on our society. The most common abuse of both words is about marriages. We often refer to marriage as a contract rather than an alliance. However, a differentiating boundary can be drawn to change the way they are both considered used. If two people unite to unite two independent lives into a Christ-centered and common life, there will be tensions! There will be moments of distress, sedition and difficulty.

If the relationship is based on a contract, when a situation does not appear to be resolved, the couple can execute the “cessation clause” and therefore the marital relationship is not worth fighting for because the basis of the relationship was built on conditional statements and on compliance with certain requirements. An alliance also has requirements where each man fulfills his commitment to the other, but there are no “cessation clauses” and the foundation of marriage is built on the Gospel. The Gospel informs us that, whatever the circumstances, the obligation of relationship is greater than our desire to be right, to “win” the argument, or even to be justified.

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