The Bible views marriage as a covenant. However, covenant marriages are not perfect marriages. Perfection is reserved for God. There are no perfect husbands. There are no perfect wives. When we join in covenant marriage, we agree to love each other. That is, look out for each others interests. But we also agree to hold one another accountable to our covenant. Lovingly confronting your spouse when they hurt you is a part of our covenant. Confession on the part of the one who has sinned, and forgiveness on the part of the one offended, are both necessary in a covenant marriage. Forgiveness is a willingness to lift the penalty and continue a loving growing, relationship. Covenant marriages require confronting and forgiving.
February 26, 2013