Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Love Dare Day 40

~~Day 40~ Love is a covenant~~
Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. —Ruth 1: 16

We've reached the end of the Love Dare book, but you never stop loving your mate!
There are many other differences between covenants and contracts. A contract is usually a written agreement based on distrust, outlining the conditions and consequences if broken. A covenant is a verbal commitment based on trust, assuring someone that your promise is unconditional and good for life. It is spoken before God out of love for another. 
Keeping this covenant is not something you can do in your own strength. There’s good reason why God was the One who initiated covenants with His people. He alone is able to fulfill the demands of His own promises.  But the Spirit of God is within you by virtue of your faith in His Son and the grace He bestowed upon you in salvation. That means with His help, you now can exercise your role as a covenant keeper, no matter what may arise to challenge your faithfulness to it. Especially if your spouse is not in a place of receiving your love right now, the act of covenant keeping can grow more daunting with each passing day.
Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home. Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister and with family present. Make it a living testament to the priceless value of marriage in God’s eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.
 What has God revealed to you during the Love Dare?
How have your views of your marriage changed?
How committed are you to God and to your spouse?
Who can you share this with as a testimony? 

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