If you want to celebrate your Christian faith at your wedding, a verse or two from the Bible can focus your ceremony around the way that Christianity and your marriage are connected. Choosing these verses yourself can actually help your wedding officiant discuss elements of marriage that you also want to highlight in their remarks. Below are a selection of verses from the Bible that you may want to consider, and a short description of each.
Bible Verses to Emphasize Romantic Love
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. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4–8
The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 is a treasure trove when it comes to choosing a verse or two for your wedding, since it encompasses the many things that love is and does. Select the parts of this chapter that are most relevant to your marriage as a way to emphasize your unique love in your ceremony.
With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2–3
Anyone who has been in love knows that humility, gentleness, and patience are virtues! This verse can emphasize your desire to treat each other well in your marriage as you tackle life’s challenges.
“Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you. Ruth 1:16–17
Ruth’s empassioned desire to join her husband for the rest of her life can be mirrored in modern relationships, as people choose to be committed to each other, no matter what life brings. This verse can be a good way to emphasize the lifelong commitment of marriage in your ceremony.
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? Ecclesiastes 4:9
When a married couple works together as a team, they can truly make life better for each other. This verse is great for emphasizing how teamwork together can enrich your lives and make you stronger together.
Bible Verses to Emphasize God’s Love
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
1 John has many short, beautiful expressions of how our love for each other is founded in the love God shared with us. This one is a chance to remind ourselves that being caring, loving people to those closest to us is part of our connection to God.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37–39
This verse reads like poetry and is particularly inspiring for those who have seen their faith tested in the past. Reminding people of how much God loves them at your wedding is one way to share the faith that matters so much to you and your spouse-to-be.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:18–19
If you and your spouse-to-be have overcome adversity, this verse can be a joyous reminder that your love makes you stronger together, especially with faith in God on your side.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:16
Understanding God’s love is such a valuable part of starting one’s relationship strong. This verse can help you remember to keep God’s love as a model for your relationship for the rest of your lives.
These Bible verses are all meant to connect people to the Christian faith that matters to them, while also serving as a reminder of how your marriage is meant to mirror the selfless love that God shows for us. It can be a hard ideal to live up to, so having the beautiful words of scripture to remind you of your passion for supporting each other is a great way to begin your life together.
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Originally published at www.weddingbee.com on April 8, 2019.