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Pattern of Covenant

Covenant making originated with God. Through Jesus Christ, God made available to us His New Covenant. 
He committed Himself in a loving relationship with mankind to become one with us through His Holy Spirit. 
He established the roles of authority for our protection and provision; and set forth commandments for us to follow as a way to display our love, trust, and commitment to Him. 

It is not sufficient for us to just say we are committed to the Lord. Specific actions will be clearly seen to witness our sincerity. If we stay true to our commitment, rewarding promises follow. If we fall away, discipline is inevitable, but for the sole purpose of re-establishing our commitment to Him and bring us back into the benefits of the covenant relationship. This covenant relationship is recorded in His Written Word and is a powerful tool for us to refer to. It provides clarification, instruction, accountability, security, and assurance. 

Our community follows the pattern of covenant in many areas of life. The most common that may come to mind is the marriage covenant, where two become one. However, whether it is known or not, covenant making  happens in businesses, schools, organizations, and clubs. It appears under the titles of "Policies and Procedures," "Terms and Conditions," "Expectations and Behaviors." Secular and Christian organizations alike acknowledge that it is a needed tool to function together as one for a common purpose. It establishes the reason for the relationship, the roles of authority, and the expected responsibilities of the people involved. It outlines the benefits of a loyal relationship and the consequences of a strained relationship. These written agreements are also used for clarification, instruction, accountability, security, and assurance.