A Christian wedding isn’t just a party or a profession of love; it’s a time during which the bride and groom each make a vow before God to love one another for life. And, the rings that are exchanged aren’t just nice pieces of jewelry: they’re symbols of this commitment that will serve as reminders every day of your life. Christian wedding bands are particularly meaningful reminders as they call to mind not only your vows, but also the One before whom you make them.
Wedding rings that incorporate symbols such as crosses are declarations of the bond that you and the one you love share, not only in your affection and friendship, but also because of your shared faith. The church father Tertullian described the beauty of two people joined as one before God:
“How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in hope, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice. They are as brother and sister, both servants of the same Master. Nothing divides them, either in flesh or in spirit. They are, in very truth, two in one flesh; and where there is but one flesh there is also but one spirit. They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God’s church and partake of God’s Banquet; side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other’s company; they never bring sorrow to each other’s hearts … Hearing and seeing this, Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present; and where He is, there evil is not.”
Cross wedding bands are particularly meaningful picks for Christian couples, as they provide a continual reminder of the type of love we are to have for one another. Christ’s love is a model of the love that we are to have for each other, and He demonstrated that love clearly on the cross. When you see the symbol of the cross on the ring on your left hand, it provides encouragement to follow His example and to love your partner unselfishly.
Christian rings that utilize verses of Scripture allow you to keep God’s word close at hand. Whether you choose a ring that incorporates a popular verse about love or select a personalized piece that features a passage that’s meaningful to you, wedding bands with Bible verses serve as lasting symbols of what you value as a couple.
While every wedding band is symbolic—the circular shape of every wedding ring represents the endless nature of true, committed love—Christian wedding bands provide extra significance for couples of faith. If you’re looking for a way to honor God as well as each other, don’t miss the chance to do so with your wedding jewelry.