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The Indestructible Nature of Commitment

locked doorMarital intimacy apart from covenant commitment is a fleeting illusion. This is why commitment is the cornerstone of biblical oneness. Commitment is the treasury department of marriage, the place where the currency of trust is printed. The formula is rather simple: no commitment, no trust. No trust, no intimacy. It’s that simple. It’s what separates the fleeting flurry of a one night stand from the deep, lasting union of marital intimacy.

We see a beautiful, poetic picture of love’s indestructible commitment in the Bible’s manual for romantic love, the Song of Songs:

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7

These verses capture the heart cry of every woman and they contain the keys to true marital intimacy. She wants to be placed as a seal over her man’s heart and arm. The possession of a person’s seal means you have free access to all they possess. All that they are and all that they have is at your disposal. She wants to seal his heart, the center of his affections. She wants to be pre-eminent in his affections. She also acts as a seal on his arm, the center of his masculine strength. She wants to find security within the strength of his loving care and protection. You see, this type of commitment is intimate.

But his commitment to her is also intense. How intense? Like death and the grave. His commitment to her, like death, is certain. It’s a given. And like death, which touches everyone, this commitment is powerful and unbreakable. Death is a non-negotiable. So is his love for her.

And finally, this commitment is as indestructible as a raging fire. In the Hebrew, the phrase is rendered “A flame of YAH” (a poetic form of YHWH, the LORD). It points to the fact that this love comes from the Lord. It finds its origin in Him. Even as He loves us with an everlasting love, our love for our spouse should mirror God’s fiery, committed love for us. This kind of love holds on for dear life. It’s a love that won’t let go! This is the kind of love that withstands all the trials and challenges that life will bring. Fire and flood won’t break it. It is unstoppable. It is covenant love rooted in the promises of God and the confidence that He has all you need for every need.

You need to put a lock on the back door of your marriage and throw away the key. Be intensely committed to your spouse. Openly declare your commitment to her. Destroy even the thought of a back door escape route when you face challenges in your relationship. If you’ll stay committed, God will provide everything you need to grow in intimacy.

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  1. Frank and Ann Haight
    March 9th, 2014 at 22:51 | #1

    Great job Ron. Love to read your clips. Keep up the good work, Uncle Frank and Auntie ann

  2. Kerry Drake
    March 10th, 2014 at 13:04 | #2

    Powerful!

  3. Ron Johnson
    March 10th, 2014 at 16:24 | #3

    Thanks for the feedback! Love you both!@Frank and Ann Haight

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