I believe in Jesus
I believe he is the Son of God
I believe he died and rose again
I believe He paid for us all
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. John 14 v 11
The disciples believed in Jesus – in his identity: the Son of God. They believed he could save them – they had seen the evidence.
In marriage there are many parallels with faith and belief. When we commit in marriage we are saying “I believe in you!” We “know” this person. We have seen some evidence of their values in action. Our commitment is on that basis. We see potential that our partner cannot see.
I saw my husband would be “faithful and true” – it was his fundamental character. However, he had been a rogue at school and labelled as unreliable! I had faith in him and “put my weight down” by committing in marriage.
God has faith in us though he knows all our past failures. He commits to our marriages. We have a winning combination: God’s “faith” – and ours in each other! It brings “potential” to fruition.
Do you believe in you husband/wife? Do you still believe? Can you express this to your partner and use it in your prayer together today?
Prayer (as a couple):
Lord Thank you for _____ (name) I believe in them – I admire _____(express identity / character) Thank you that we are partners in life and can be your gift to each other. Help us keep faith with each other and encourage each other. Amen
Prayer (for others):
Father we are thinking about all the couples whose weddings will happen this year. We pray that they may really know each other and appreciate each other’s strengths. Help them bring out each other’s potential rather than highlighting each other’s weaknesses in their lives together. Amen
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2 v 10