Congratulations you made it. Today is day forty of the Love dare, Love is a covenant, a lifelong sacred promise to pursue unconditional love for one another. It is meant to be Holy and to exemplify the eternal marriage between God, His Son and His church.
A marriage certificate is not the same thing as a marriage covenant. People get married everyday and don’t enter into a covenant between themselves and God. To them marriage isn’t even a contract, it’s a piece of paper and they treat it as such. They quickly wad it up and throw it away when it lost its pomp. Then as quickly as the marriage is discarded, its replaced with another newer substitute.
As a child of divorce, I remembered the pain and scars it left behind. The wounds cut so deep it took years of my life to recover from. I then repeated what I saw as a child, and my first marriage also ended in divorce. It was very difficult and I never thought I would heal. I was left broken, lost and emotionally beat down.
A marriage covenant is not based on receiving anything, it’s a pledge of oneself fully to another no matter what. A marriage covenant says I promise myself to you until death do us part. It’s not based on whether the other person holds their end of the bargain, or even if they receive you. A covenant is given for the purpose of the giver to fulfill their promise.
Ruth 1:16-17 (NIV)
But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Today I stand by God’s grace and mercy alone. He has healed and restored my life and brought me into a beautiful covenant with my amazing husband, Luis. My husband is the love of my life. He completes me and I refuse to imagine my life without him. God is the center of our marriage and He is the rock on which we both stand. We’re committed to each other for life, until death do us part.
Lord we pray for every person who has done this 40 day Love dare and those just reading this for the very first time. God restore the covenant marriage and rebuild the foundation of what holy marriage is supposed to look like. God revive our hearts to be committed to our spouses until death do us part. Show us how to love each other forever. Lord Jesus restore marriages one at a time, day by day all across this nation, God start today with our dear friends who are waiting and standing on the covenant promise of their marriages to be restored, and healed. Jesus soften the hearts of the rebellious and turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children. Guide them back to you, their first love so then they will be equipped to love others. Be glorified through our marriages in Jesus name amen.
Today reaffirm your covenant marriage with your spouse and display it proudly in your home.