The Bible is God’s preserved and perfect Word for mankind. It teaches truth for all of life; how to be young, how to be old, how to parent, how to work, how to treat others and how to be married. In fact, the Bible holds up marriage as a picture of Christ and the church. It is, indeed, an honorable estate. While every Christian will not marry, a large majority will. And when they do, the church should look for ways to help, bless and encourage so that the union truly does reflect the relationship Jesus has with His body.
Here are a few things you can do to bless a marriage:
1. Frame and Display the Wedding Certificate
This promise that was made before a group of witnesses was made not only to one another, but to God. Celebrate the three-way contract by keeping its record in plain sight. Framing the marriage certificate and placing it in a beautiful frame makes a great wedding gift or a pledge to one another that this is a serious and permanent commitment.
2. Prominently Display Verses That Encourage Marriage
Blessing a marriage can be as simple as reminding one another how God views marriage and what He calls you to in marriage. Framed verses like the following work well:
1 Corinthians 13…Love is patient, love is kind….
Mark 10:9 What God has joined together let no one separate
1 Peter 4:8 Love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love
3. Hang a Wedding Wall Cross
Look at the Christian bookstore for a wedding wall cross. These crosses come in many different variations and can unite the bond of marriage with the love of Christ in a clear and visual way.
4. Buy a Wedding Edition Bible
Want a great reminder to spend time together reading God’s Word and look there for His guidance in marriage? Purchase (or give as a gift) a wedding edition Bible as a beautiful reminder of God’s blessing for a marriage.
5. Formal House or Marriage Blessings
Blessing a marriage can be beautifully demonstrated by posting the words to a home or marriage blessing. Consider these words from an Irish wedding blessing:
May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase
…May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
and your hearts joined forever in love…
It’s become customary to provide paper and pens during the reception so that wedding guests can give marriage advice. That is a great idea. But, it’s the day-in, day-out challenges that take a toll on marriage. The best way of blessing a marriage is to look for ways that keep the powerful Words of God at the forefront of every day. For any of these gift ideas and more, check out The Printery House online. We offer many ways you give can a gift to bless and encourage those who are married.