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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)

TITLE: Commitment or Covenant?
By Ivan Bradley


A reference point where the power of the heart has made a decision involving a specified measure of continued positive and beneficial response to those who have established such a purposeful relationship. The nature we see in this level of mature development defines the person’s maturation in the building, keeping, continuity and deepening the aspect of such agreed upon relationship. For every relationship we form requires a measure of specified communicated or un-communicated level of commitment to have the formulation and continuation of such relationship so created. The deeper we can form relationships depends upon this specific ability to engender and fortify in another person the bonds from which the human heart-spirit-mind are deeply, lifelong producing this codependency which are required for every healthy mature level of covenantal or commitment defining relationships. For man can only be man at this level otherwise he is just a cheaply clothed animal.

In commitment we have seen contextual changes with each posterior generation; because inherently relationships degenerate from the established norms. Thus the very word generationally becomes successively murkier progressively. To bring about the truest definition of the word commitment; one needs to return to its ‘genuine creation’: “covenant” terminology. Here we see where commitment meets continuation in power of its continuity, empowerment and identifying cause. Commitment predisposes that we first have precipitated a contract of some nature. This contract is based upon who is establishing the said relationship. Covenant speaks of the true depth and purest form to which the connotation commitment had its germination. Thus in our basic understanding of the connotation of the word it breaks forth stemming from this reference point branching forward in time to an unknown point in the future.

As the stage of covenant bears fruit we see it as positive response to the relationship. This requirement makes for the purpose that what is gained does not detract or destroy the individual but is a positive reinforcement of the individual in continuity, unity and relationship for here we see the outcomes from all involved are positively empowering life, and positively guaranteeing the continuation of what this relationship is all about. Positive identifies a mature approach that clearly motivates the relationship forward. Negative although destructive is not bad if the end result propels the relationship stronger or forward.

The nature of relationships is formed by positive aspects that each party reaps from having formed the relationship. This primary need is what benefits both parties. Commitment which is only one way extending leads always to enslavement. From the onset of a relationship we see the need for a covenant to have the benefits by which this positive lifestyle continues. Every relationship binds us to someone else. Therefore as one grows in each variegated relationship established this covenant-commitment builds the level of ability. In this aspect of commitment we accept it for benefits received and given that by mutual contract both receive greater things than otherwise obtained severally. Contractually speaking we identify increasingly the effects to which this relationship is bearing fruit. In the covenant there generally is a weaker and a stronger and a relationship is garnered to protect the weaker. Thus the benefits gained is often more to one side than the other, because of the weaker side yet neither side plays on this or makes it more one sided but is equally beneficial to both; else the covenant-commitment would not be established. In this we see commitment as a power or releasing all future blessings.

Not everyone will find such commitment-covenant lifestyles because to produce them requires a deep sense of the same in oneself. This is called the law of the lid that one can’t progress above the point of one’s own ability in any given relationship. At best we come up short of that lid, and rarely hit it, only by covenanting with a stronger lid can we learn to climb up higher. As relationally based creations of God we live and die in the quality and quantity of covenantal-commitments in this life. We are what our relationship makes us or keeps us from making.

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Brenda Shipman 01/12/12
Honestly, I'm pretty confused about exactly what you were trying to communicate here. If you were trying to define covenant, Genesis 6:18 says it pretty clearly, "But I (God) will establish my covenant with you." God initiates and sustains our relationship with Him. But I suppose this isn't the forum for a discussion on theology. Re: the writing, I think you might want to consider eliminating wordiness (verbiage) and focus on your one main point. Just tell it to us straight, and keep it simple. Please understand I share this from one struggling writer to another, but also as a reader. We're here to encourage one another, but also to be "as iron sharpens iron." Many blessings as you continue to write for His glory.
C D Swanson 01/13/12
This was a long intense read. My take on this was "relationships take time and discipline" to develop...and with each commitment comes a higher standard?

It is a deep read and could possibly be open for interpretation, depending on the individual.

But, my take is that the Lord will provide to all, and will bring us all to where we should be in life, should we remain committed.

Good job of stirring the brain power. God Bless you~