The Bible is full of inspiration and encouragement for having a loving relationship.
- Posted on Jun 5, 2019
I love everything about church weddings. It doesn’t matter what denomination or whether it’s held in an oversized city cathedral or a cute country chapel. (Well okay, I’m partial to the latter). I love checking out the stained glass windows, the altar, and I always, always, get choked up when the bride starts her iconic trip down the aisle, most often to the melodic tunes of Canon in D. Pachelbel.
It’s all about tradition.
Another tradition that I look forward to is the Bible readings. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is often part of many services. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
It’s easy to see why this beautiful and thought-provoking verse is a perennial favorite of brides and grooms everywhere. After all, it provides inspiration on how to make marriage into a joyful lifelong relationship. Of course, marriage is not always easy; the media constantly bombards us with grim divorce statistics and the reality is that even the happiest of partnerships will inevitably encounter some rough patches.
But right from the very beginning, the Bible shows us both the many benefits of marriage and the best way to achieve this spiritual union. Genesis 1:27-28 states: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply.”
So, whether you are getting ready to walk down the aisle, are currently struggling with your partner or have been happily hunkered down with your spouse for decades, call on the following Bible verses to help you renew your love and strengthen your union.
Genesis 2:24: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (NKJV)
Ecclesiastes 4:9-11: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?" (NIV)
Romans 12:10: Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (NIV)
Ephesians 4:2-3: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV)
Ephesians 5:25: Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (NIV)
Colossians 3:14: And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)
1 Peter 4:8: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV)
John 13:34-35: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.(ESV)