For most couples there’s a flurry of activity all the way up to the honeymoon. Afterwards the real work of marriage begins. God speaks to married couples together and individually in order for them to grow in their relationship. It’s a great start to their marriage if they memorize key scriptures to help them along the way. Start with God’s word today:
#1) “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)
One of the hardest things for a young couple to give up—is running to mom or dad when there’s a problem. There’s nothing wrong with you as a couple to ask advice on certain things. However if you begin your marriage with calling on your parents every time there’s a disagreement, it can cause a lot damage. Part of growing as a young couple is the challenge of working through your issues together.
#2) “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11)
After a few weeks of marriage, the reality of living with someone who is different from you becomes real. The weeks up to the wedding can mask underlying disagreements that you don’t have time to deal with. However after a slow period of time, couples begin to recognize each other’s faults with more clarity. Sometimes you must talk out issues—other times it may be best to let the insignificant irritants go. Patience is the key for being a wise couple.
#3) “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8)
In the course of your marriage, you may deal with a lot of failures in work, finances, health, or with other relationships. The most important aspect of your marriage is holding on to the unconditional love of Christ to get you through difficulties. Love is more than just a feeling, it’s an action that can be driven through many efforts. Learning your newlywed’s love language is just the beginning of your life together.
#4) “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones” (Proverbs 12:4)
Although our culture belittles the importance of character, the Bible highly esteems a wife who walks in it. Character is defined in a godly woman during the days of joy and hardship. Like a rich cream—it rises to the top—full of robust flavor and intensity. A husband who has the pleasure of a wife with noble character can rest in the confidence that she will be trustworthy and honorable in all she does.
#5) “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:3)
A sexual relationship between newlyweds can be exciting, adventurous, and spiritual. The way a man is with a woman is a great mystery that signifies the union of Christ with His church. Your intimate times together early in the marriage can set the course for a lifetime of connection and memories. Newlyweds should always keep their sexual relationship vibrant with mutual respect, consistent communication, and freedom for openness.
#6) Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days” (Ecclesiastes 9:9)
Marriage is for one man and woman for a lifetime. This gives plenty of opportunity to enjoy each other as must as possible. Of course, there will be days of disagreements and/or anger; however as believers—this shouldn’t define your marriage. Being filled with the Spirit of God gives access to a deeper joy that can be celebrated together even in the rough days. The joy of the Lord will renew your strength to carry the marriage through.
#7) “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
One of the most important keys to every successful marriage is understanding the different seasons. This newlywed time is precious and unique—it won’t be exactly the same later in life. The responsibilities of raising a family, maintaining the budget, and serving in ministry will stretch your relationship. Yet stretching is good if it results in a deepening of your relationship with God. Enjoy this wonderful season of your marriage.
Newness of the Newlyweds
There’s a beautiful glow in the newly married that is a gift from God. It’s your opportunity to experience the joy of a spousal relationship that mirrors the love of Christ for His church. Your new marriage needs lots of time, tender love, and care in the Spirit. Meditate on the Scriptures above until they are a part of your regular thought life. You will never regret it as a new couple in Christ.
More key Scriptures: 20 Key Bible Verses to Memorize
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June is generally considered the “wedding month”. My husband and I were married on June 2 and my oldest daughter on June 18. I suppose it doesn’t matter what month a young couple weds, the day is not as important as the years that follow. A wedding day is one thing, a life-long commitment in marriage is what is truly important. Here are some scripture verses that I hope all young couples will ponder upon in the weeks, months and year ahead as newlyweds.
Genesis 2:22-24 “Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.”
Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Song of Songs 2:8-13 “Listen! My beloved! Look! Here he comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.”
Proverbs 5:18-19 “May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love.”
1 Corinthians 7: 4 “The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.”
Proverbs 12:4 “A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.”
Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord.”
Proverbs 19:14 “Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.”
Proverbs 31:10 “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
Colossians 3:18-19 “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”
Ephesians 5:22-23 “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.”
Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Malachi 2:14-15 “You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.”
Romans 12:17 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.”
Ephesians 4:1-3 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 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.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Philippians 1:9-10 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
1 Peter 1:22 “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.”
1 Peter 3:7 “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “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? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Philippians 2:2 “ then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
1 John 3:16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-13 “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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
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Marriage can start like a fairy tale, with romantic beginnings and beautiful vows of forever. Often the bliss of the wedding and honeymoon eclipse reality as the newlyweds linger in a haze of passion.
However, many couples fail to think past those precious events, and when hit with reality, they wonder what’s next. If not careful, a couple can be blindsided by the realities of life and newlywed marriage.
Yet newlyweds can stay grounded as a couple by connecting with God and seeking Him for wisdom along the way. May these Bible verses for newlyweds help you start your marriage strong and follow God’s charge for your relationship.
5 Prayers & Bible Verses for Newlyweds
Help us to communicate well as a team. May this relationship be rooted in words that reflect your presence in our marriage. Help us to work through struggles with patience and understanding. Guard our tongues in times of anger and frustration so we don’t say things we will later regret!
May our home be a safe place to share our struggles, sorrows, and fears. Give us open ears to truly hear and understand each other.
Teach us to respect each other, even when we disagree, and to not spread malice about our partner to others.
May our words be filled with your grace and compassion, forever and always. Amen.”
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)
Strengthen our faith and draw us close to you. Keep our hearts rooted in your promises and following hard after you. May we trust you in times when we have plenty and in times when we’re scraping to get by.
Give us open eyes and hearts to follow the path you’ve planned for us, even when we don’t see the way. Help us to spur each other on in our walk with you, and to be a light to others in this darkened world.
May our relationship be a reflection of your love for us as we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Amen.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Protect our intimacy and make it a priority in our relationship. May we sacrificially give to each other and put each other’s needs before our own. Help us to create an environment of connection, trust, and safety within our relationship.
Guard our hearts against temptation, and keep our relationship free from the influence of others. Also, help us to turn to each other to fulfill our needs and forgo the sexual trappings of this world.
May our intimacy be kept pure and honoring to you in all that we do. Amen.”
“For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no long two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mark 10:7-9)
Dealing with two opinions on finances can be stressful and awkward. Help us to keep the lines of communication open when dealing with all aspects of our finances. Give us strength to be faithful with our money and to follow your commands about this subject.
Help us to discern your plan for our finances and to trust you when times are lean. Thank you for providing in times of plenty and in the tough times, too.
May we be found faithful in all that you’ve blessed us with, and may we give generously to those in need. Amen.”
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
More than anything, we need your wisdom to direct and guide our path. We invite you to be the core of our marriage and the compass for our journey through life.
Before we make decisions or make plans to reach for our dreams, may we seek you first. May we trust that your path is the best way and may we have the courage to step out in faith when you call.
Give us the strength to follow your will when times are tough, and to give you the glory when times are filled with joy.
Be the center of our life and the focus of our home, O Lord. We humbly seek your face. Amen. ”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
Starting a life together is an exciting time of growth and change. May you continuously pursue God as the center of your marriage and seek His presence in the years to come.
Many Christian couples that are about to be wedded opt in to some type of premarital counseling program, often within the church that they attend or with a trusted married couple. It’s a great idea and can really help the couple explore questions and situations that they didn’t even think of: how to spend money, where to go on holidays, how many kids are wanted, budgeting, etc. All those topics, and much more is typically covered in premarital sessions. Of course, the Bible (in a solid church) is the foundation of the counseling and should be examined and studied as a part of preparing for the upcoming wedding. However, this studying of Scripture should not stop at premarital counseling. Just because a couple finished the premarital phase does not mean they should cease studying the Bible together. To get started, here are the top 7 Bible verses for Newlyweds to study.
“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4
Marriage certainly is honorable; it helps mold character and forge stronger resolves. Both parties, ideally, are dying to themselves and thinking of the other person rather than their own needs and wants. It’s difficult, but definitely rewarding.
“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.” 1 Corinthians 7:3-4
This is certainly an important passage for Newlyweds to study. Although many couples may be in marital bliss during this time, difficulties will arise and its important to remember that neither spouse has autonomy anymore. In fact, there very bodies are the spouse’s. It may seem odd, but that’s really how a good marital relationship works. Once one starts neglecting the other, sexually or otherwise, that’s when more problems emerge.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is the head of the church ; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Ephesians 5:22-25
Contrary to popular opinion, this passage does not tell women to be doormats that can be trampled upon. For proof, just look at what the husbands are to do: “love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” That is a tall order, and it means that the husband has to be sacrificing himself daily.
“ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
What better passage to study as newlyweds than the story of God creating Adam and Eve, the first marriage in the Bible?
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“Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman” Proverbs 21:9
Contentious people are hard to be around, and even though it’s a stereotype for women to be nagging their husbands about everything, guys aren’t off the hook. The Proverbs deal with generalities—and this can easily be applied to men, too.
“Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife in from the Lord.” Proverbs 19:14
I can definitely attest to this one! My wife is truly a gift from God and she makes me a better man.
1 Corinthians 13
It’s almost become a cliché’, but this chapter is important in understanding the characteristics of love. It’s a must study chapter for newlyweds who are striving to be patient, kind, etc. in the way they treat their spouse.
These may be specific Bible verses that are geared towards married people, but the fact is the entirety of Scripture should be studied. Newlyweds can certainly start out by studying distinct Bible passages, but I strongly recommend going through the Scriptures individually as well. When all is said and done, reading the Bible helps mold us into godly people, which is certainly a big part in marriage!