Covenants and Contracts

What is the difference between a marriage covenant and a marriage contract? And why is the distinction important?

A covenant is, indeed, an oath and an agreement, but its purpose is not the satisfaction of ‘needs’ or the self-interested exchange of goods. It is a commitment to completely dedicate ourselves to serve the Other. …The truth is that marriage isn’t all about our individual happiness. Rather, it is a chance to live outside of ourselves and to lose ourselves for the sake of the Other. Love is about risk, and a covenant is an opportunity to commit our entire self to the other with no guarantee of anything in return.

 

Read more by Jeffrey Thayne at The Millennial Star.

 

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