Advice for a new couple

My sister is getting married today. I have the┬áprivilege of officiating the wedding. I’m excited and a little nervous. I’m honored to play such a special role in their new beginning as husband and wife.

In the sermon portion of the ceremony I plan to give them 2 pieces of marriage advice.

  • Be a good forgiver. Anybody that’s been married any length of time knows that the honeymoon doesn’t last forever! Disagreements happen. It’s perfectly normal to fight with the one you love most :). That’s why it’s essential to remember the truth of Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” When we are in touch with our own sinfulness and how much God has forgiven us, we understand that we have no right to hold a grudge. God has the set the example for us and our forgiveness cost Him dearly.
  • Work on your marriage. So many couples work so hard to get to the wedding day. Dates, meeting family, countless hours spent getting to know each other, wedding planning, premarital counseling. It takes a lot of work to get to that day. But the work isn’t over. A marriage that goes the distance takes intentional effort from both parties. Things like date nights, quality time, reading books, marriage conferences, maybe even counseling. Marriage is hard work.

I wonder what advice you would give a newly married couple. I’d love for you to leave a comment with your thoughts.