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Marriage is a covenant not a contract
That idea has been forgotten and it is important to go back to the way God designed marriage to be. In this Spiritual Kick Off we unpack powerful scripture to help gain clarity on how to view this wonderful covenant.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Click To TweetProverbs 3:3
It’s not a long one, but you’ll be able to, to, to really get this one, let it soak in and memorize it. So Proverbs three, verse three. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. All right guys, so Proverbs three verse three. So let’s unpack that a little bit.
Now. First of all, we need to understand where is Proverbs? Cause again, not every guys out. Let’s listen. You know it, they’re, they’re in their Bible every week. So let’s, let’s try to help you guys. So, proverb is pretty easy to find. Usually you can flip open the middle of your Bible. And you’ll be somewhere around Psalms.
So if you can find Psalms, there’s pretty long, you know, that’s a pretty long area of the Bible. Cause the Psalms just keep flipping. Just keep flipping over. And the next book is gonna be Proverbs. Okay, So guys, there’s pretty easy one to find. There’s 31. There’s 31 chapters in Proverbs. So this, again, it’s just chapter three, verse three.
And when I was doing some research around the different translations of. Actual verse. I thought it’s pretty interesting cuz it says this, You know, this version says that love and faithfulness never leave you. But actually when I was looking at doing the research, several different bible translations say I have love, faithfulness, mercy, kindness, truth and loyalty.
So these are all different words. That’s six different words that were actually used. That could be, you know, interchanged if you. In this ver in scripture, again, this comes from Solomon. So again, the wise ver man who ever really the right Solomon, and he was counseling his students right to always value steadfast love and faithfulness.
And that’s really cool when you start thinking about what he was really trying to emphasize. The emphasize there he was, He’s trying to enhance their life, right? And think about when you have a necklace or your wife, maybe she has a set of pearls. Well she wears those. She’s, you’re, you’re, she is enhancing her beauty, right?
Just things that just make, make things come, eat forth even more. Okay? And that’s what Psalms doing right here, right? He’s writing, he’s, he’s writing us or teaching us rather, to write these things on our heart. So that’s a figure, you know, that’s a figurative speech, but we really need to understand what he is trying to tell us now.
Doing some more research, actually looked up the he, the Hebrew word translated step ass love by the. It’s actually called, has said, so it’s e, it’s apostrophe. S e d. Okay. That actually means loyalty to one’s covenant. Okay? Now, this kind of love is reflected in the lives of people who remain true to their marriage vows.
Okay? And that’s, we’re gonna be talking about this week. Now we’re gonna be digging into, uh, the understanding the importance of the covenant of marriage. You guys heard me say this before. If you listen to the line within us, if you haven’t, maybe this is the first time and you need to hear this when you get.
It is not. It is not a contract. Okay? It’s a covenant contracts. Say if you, then I covenants say, no matter what I do, big difference. We need to make sure we get this understood, guys, because too many times we treat marriage like a contract. If you do this, then I’ll do that versus the covenant. No matter what I.
So really we don’t, we need to, to, to get that. If you don’t get anything from the spiritual kickoff, let that soak into your heart. Okay. And I’m not talking to people who are talking out there, just that they’re dating or they’re engaged, or they’re married in their hearts. Nope. Nope. This is not for you.
This is the actual covenant of marriage. Okay? That’s what I’m talking about. We’re too loose around that Definit. And in line within us, we’re going to stand on the truth of God and understand, oh, you know what this means? This, this means a man and a woman, period. Married covenant. In, in the, you know, right there, making that covenant to God that you’re gonna be loyal and true to each other.
Okay? So let’s make sure we understand what we’re talking about here. When we say let, let love, you know, uh, never leave us, it’s the covenant marriage. That’s where we’re gonna be digging into. Then we talk about faithfulness, faithfulness. When you look at the word faithfulness in the Hebrew, that’s actually ait.
Okay? And the primary meaning when you look at it, when you see what that, what that Hebrew word means, it means dependability. Now guys, I want you to think about this for a second. What comes to mind when you thinking dependable? Okay? Are there guys that are maybe in your lines, Dan, that come to mind?
Maybe there’s coworkers. Maybe there’s coaches in the, in your past, maybe it’s your spouse. Are you depend. Would you put yourself in that category? So think about that, right? Cause I’m really behind God. Okay? God’s obviously number one in our life. Our spouses should immediately come to mind, immediately come to mind as being dependable as we build strong marriages, right?
We need to remember the ports of being dependable to each other. That’s so important. Guy, guys, if we that, we remember that the inner scripture. What they’re telling us right here, we’re about talking about writing it on our hearts. How in the world are we supposed to do that? How supposed to write? Being dependable on our hearts, right?
It’s that continual and never ending decision every day to focus on love and faithfulness to our spouse. Period, right? Think sanitation, right? We never are gonna get it done. We always gotta keep focus. We always gotta be renewing our minds and our. Focusing on him, but also focusing on the right things. I eat our wives and serving them, okay?
The Holy Spirit’s going to guide us. He’s gonna help us, and he’s gonna, he wants our, our marriages to be, to be strong, to blossom, to be, to be beautiful, to, to, to be a witness. And I like to others out there. So guys, we just gotta ultimately understand if we, if we let love and faithfulness guide us. Within our, the confines of the covenant of marriage, wonderful things are gonna happen, right?
Talking about truth, loyalty, mercy, kindness, all those things are gonna be the fruit of a marriage that focuses on love and faithfulness, never leaving us. Okay? And guys, again, you can’t do this alone. The Holy Spirit’s got to. But the only way that’s going to happen is if you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
You have to, you know, to humble yourself enough to say, You know what, God, I need help. God, can you help me be a better husband? Can you help me love my wife better? Can you help me, uh, show that love? Cause guys, we we’re terrible at showing love. I, I, this is something I struggle with. This is, this is not one of one of my strengths.
So I have to really be intentional about showing be. How much I love her and understanding what, what her, you know, different love languages and all that. That that is right. You need to know that about your wife and if you need help with that, reach out to us, support at the line with us. I’ll give you some resources for free to help you connect there.
But guys, we need really focus on love and faithfulness and then write on our hearts. If it’s written in your heart, guys, if it’s there for real, like not just faking this thing, these beautiful things are gonna, So guys, this week it’s gonna be an interesting week on the line within us. I’m just gonna go ahead and tell you guys that right now.
Okay? It, it potentially could be the most uncomfortable episode you’ve ever listened to at the line within is coming up on Wednesday. Okay? So I want you to come back cause we’re gonna be talking all up in your business. I’m just gonna be honest. We’re gonna get all up in your business guys cause we’re gonna talk about how we can build incredible intimacy in our marriages.
And yes, you heard me. Intimacy. I want you guys to, to have just amazing marriages. And you know what guys? God blesses the covenant of marriage and you need, remember that He’s the one God who created sex. He is. So, it’s not something we should be embarrassed to address or talk about won’t cause if we’re talking about within the confines of his word, the Holy Word, uh, the holy scriptures here, he clearly.
Tells us the importance of intimacy and having a connection and how a husband should love his wife and what that should look like. And we need to talk about it. Cause this is too, this is a topic that no, nobody wants to touch. Nobody wants to touch what goes on in the bedroom. You know what, God, I’ll give you everything else but that bedroom, you, you just that, that’s my territory.
What I’m telling you guys is you’re wrong when you let. When you let him guide you, ev in all areas of your life, including what goes on the bedroom, he is going to bless it again, he designed it so we know God loves us because he designed sex. I mean, as it’s, it is wonderful. But we need to understand, you know what?
Intimacy in a, in a, in a Christian marriage is not gonna just happen by mistake. It’s gonna take intentional acts to get. If we do that and we lean into it, we lean into the hard and we actually understand why he cares about this and what we need to be doing to foster and help grow our marriages. You know, things are gonna happen.
So if you’re excited, good. Come back on Wednesday and, cause I really want you to check out that episode cuz guys we’re going to unpack some serious truths. They’re all gonna be grounded in scripture. At the end of the day, guys, I want you to have a magnetic, crazy, incredible, just a, a wonderful marriage that includes tons of intimacy as you and your wife connect.
That’s it. That’s what it’s all about. So this week I want you to think about where does scripture and intimacy cross paths? Cause they do guys, they cross paths. So come on back. We’ll check that out now guys. Know, for every spiritual kickoff, there’s an opportunity on the line within us. Cuz if you’re listening to this, you have not accepted Jesus as your savior.
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It’s very simple. It’s very. Jesus is the son of God. He’s it. He came, ascended from, from, well, descended from heaven. He was born of a virgin. He walked amongst us. He did all these miracles. He did a lot of teachings. And ultimately what he did, he paid for our pen, uh, the penalty for sin by going to the cross.
Now, when he was on the cross and he was crucified, they killed him and he died for, and you guess, and guess who He died. For you. So if you’re listening to this, he died for you. He died for me. He died for all of us. And if it stopped there, it would just be a sad story, but it didn’t, He rented a tomb for three days.
Yeah, he rented it cuz he didn’t need it for, for very long at all three days. And then he was out of there. He overcame death and that is the most powerful, inspiring. News, I can tell you, we worship in Risen living Savior, not a dead guy. Okay? So he overcame death and then he won and he and he, and again, he came out of the empty tomb.
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Say Jesus, I can’t do this on all. I’ve tried it my way and my way, quite frankly, just doesn’t work, so I’m ready to do it. Your. And once you do that, you confess in this Lord, the Holy Spirit is gonna come to you. You’ll have a new heart, and that Holy Spirit is gonna guide and direct and show you and talk to you and give you that, that wisdom and discernment.
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All right guys. Remember Proverbs three, three. Let love and faithfulness never leave you. Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Come back on Wednesday. I’m telling you, this is a conversation you’re not gonna wanna miss. It’s gonna really improve a lot of areas, including your bedroom.
I thank guys, you’re gonna really get a lot out of this. It’s gonna help you grow, help you be the leader of your predestine to be. It’s gonna help you just be, be able to support other men and have conversations with them, uh, and to, to encourage them what a truly intimate marriage can look like. So again, if you’re liking.
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It all starts with having your heart centered on love and faithfulness to your spouse. Too many times we try to treat marriage like a contract instead of the covenant that God designed.
It is time to get back to the structure the way God intended and standing firm for the sanctity of marriage is a great place to start. That is a great way to unleash the Lion Within!
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