Marriage Is a Covenant, Not A Contract! Very Important to know the difference. Please share if you agree!

We want your wedding in Gulf Shores to be great, stress free, beautiful, and fun! However we also care for you and your marriage! We want you to have a good understanding of what marriage really is. Our society calls it a contract. I would like for you to think of it as a covenant instead because that is exactly what it is. Below you will find the difference between a contract and a covenant. Please share! 

Pastor Rober Bullock

God established marriage as a covenant, not a contract 

Malachi 2:14

14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.

Notice in this scripture He does not call marriage a contract. 

Proverbs 2:16-17

16 So you will be delivered from the forbiddena] woman,
    from the adulteressb] with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the companion of her youth
    and forgets the covenant of her God;


Why is it important for the Christian to view marriage as a covenant? 

 It is important to understand the difference between a covenant and a contract. Three important differences separate them.

1. A covenant is based on trust between parties. A contract is based on distrust.

2. A covenant is based on unlimited responsibility. A contract is based on limited liability.

3. A covenant cannot be broken if new circumstances occur. A contract can be voided by mutual consent. 


Therefore, the marriage covenant between a man and a woman should be a permanant commitment. This type of marriage covenant was ordained by God to provide believers with a picture of Christ’s love and relationship to His church 


Ephesians 5:25-33

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.a]28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.


Revelation 21:2,9

I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.


Marriage is something that we should not take lightly. It is not just a contract that is meant to be broke and thrown out. It is a life long commitment. A covenant that we make in the presence of God, Family, and Friends. Having a close relationship with our creator is the best way to have a happy, lasting marriage.