Sunday, May 05, 2013

Countdown to a Marriage

Yesterday we celebrated the Marriage of our son, Jonathan, to Abby!

To help the bride and groom center on The Lord as the wedding and marriage approached, we sent them (and the bride's parents) these messages each day. Feel free to reuse these! You can substitute the names of people you know!

T-30 days and counting! 1 John 4:8b ...God is love. Lord, help Jon and Abby to always know you.

T-29 days and counting! 1 John 4:7a Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God... Lord, help --- & ---- always to know that their love for each other comes from you

T-27 days and counting! 1 Corinthians 13:4a Love is patient, love is kind. Lord, please bless --- & ---'s marriage with lots of patience and kindness.

T-26 days! 1 Cor 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Lord, may --- & --- grow in love, be strengthened in their faith, and always have hope.

T-25 days! May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you. Jude 1:2 Lord, please multiply your mercy, peace, and love to the marriage of --- & --- !

T-24 days! Jude 1:21 "...keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life." Lord Jesus, please keep - & - in you love and help them to watch and wait for you.

T-23! ...and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Eph 5:2 Lord, help - and - in their marriage to walk together in your love; let them give of themselves for you and for each other

T-22 days and counting! Romans 13:8 "Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." Lord, help - & - to love each other and for their marriage to reach out in love to others.

T-21 Days! 1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." Lord, we ask that you perfect - and -'s love for each other, you, and others in such a way that all fear will be cast away.

T-20D! 1 John 3:1a "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are." Lord, may - & - know you and your love for each of us as your children. Bless their marriage that they will live in that love.

T-19 days! Ephesians 4:2 "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love," Lord, please help - & - to have humility, gentleness, and patience in their marriage. Help them to bear with each other in love.

T-18 days and counting! Galatians 5:13 "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Lord, give - & - an attitude of freely serving one another in their marriage.

T-17 days to the wedding! 1 Peter 1:22 "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart," Lord, give - & - your pure hearts to earnestly love each other.

T-16 days and counting! Mark 12:30 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’" Lord, help - & - to put their love for you first in their marriage.

T-15 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31 NIV) Lord, Help - & - in their marriage to love each other as they do themselves and help them to love their neighbors too!

2 weeks to the wedding! Ecclesiastes 4:12 "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. " Lord, bind - & - together with you so that they will have strength to never be broken.

T-13 days to the wedding! "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT) Lord, help - & - to have these attributes of love throughout their marriage!

T-12 Days! "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23) Lord, please help - & - to grow in the fruit of the spirit in their marriage.

T-11 Days! Proverbs 17:17a "A friend loves at all times" Lord, help - & - to continue being the best friends for each other in their marriage.

T-10 Days! Psalm 63:3 "Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you."  Lord, help - & - to know you and your steadfast love and praise you in their marriage.

T-9 Days! Philippians 2:2  "complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind."  Lord, let - & - be of the same mind, same love and same accord as part of your church, your family.

T-8 Days! 1 John 3:18 "Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." Lord, Let - & - love you, one another, and others in deed and truth.

T-7 Ephesians 5:25, 26 "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word," Lord, help --- to love --- with the same love!

T-6 days! Prov 31:11"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil." Lord, cause - & - to have a relationship built on trust!

T-5 days to the wedding!  1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins." Lord, help - & - to love each other earnestly and with forgiveness.

T-4 Days! John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
Lord, Let Jon and Abby continue in a great love for each other, humbling themselves for each other.

T-3 Days! Song of Solomon 2:16 "My lover is mine, and I am his." Lord, Let Jon and Abby give themselves to each other on a daily basis in their marriage.

T-2 Days!  Ephesians 4:1-3 "Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. "  Lord, let it be said of Jon and Abby that they would live a life worthy of your calling and to live these attributes for each other and for you.

One Day to the Wedding! Hebrews 13:4a Let marriage be held in honor among all..."  Lord, Let them and all who know them, hold Jon and Abby's marriage in honor: honor to you, honor to them, and honor to others.

Today! Today is the wedding! Colossians 3:14 "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Lord, let this marriage be one of your virtuous love. Give Jon and Abby your love for each other. Let them be a light for you in this world!

The second day of Jon and Abby's eternity together as a married couple! (Romans 12:10) "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Lord, bless them as they start their new lives together. May they always love one another as friends and show honor to you, others, and each other.