Contractual Thinking Can Destroy A Marriage

“Secondly, the weed of contractual thinking. What do I mean by that? Well, our society views marriage primarily as a contract between two people, have you heard of it spoken that way? It’s quite common. In fact, it’s the prevailing view today. So if one party breaks the contract, the other party is free to do the same. In God’s eyes, marriage was never designed as a contract, but a covenant, a life-long covenant at that. That’s why Proverbs 2:17 speaks of the adulterous wife as one who leaves the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. Not a simple contract she’s breaking here, she’s breaking a covenant made in the very presence of God, and actually made with God. So be wary of adopting worldly thinking, marriage as not a contract, but a covenant between three persons: the husband, the wife, and God.”

Excerpted from a sermon by Paul Tautges

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