A little over a month ago, I married my best friend and it has been a very exciting transition.
One thing that took me a little while to get used to was putting on my rings each morning. They’re a sparkling reminder that I promised my whole self to my husband, and he his whole self to me, for the rest of our earthly lives. Now every day, I wear that covenant on my hand where I can see it and remember to whom I belong. Wearing it also leads me to think of the covenant I have with Christ.
For one, we are to take on His nature. As we develop in our relationship with Him, we learn not just His works, but His ways–how and why He does things. We learn His character–who He is underneath the obvious. This doesn’t mean we nervously ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?” at every decision moment. But we begin to understand and develop within us His very own heart, so that our motives and desires become the same as His. We reach a point where it is less disciplining ourselves to do “the right thing” and more doing what we want, because we want what IS right.
We are also called to clothe ourselves with His covenant, to daily remind ourselves of His unfailing love and His commitment to us. When I am tempted to think less of my husband in a moment of frustration, I pause and remind myself of who he is. I am confident in his character, in his love for me, and in his intentions toward me and our life together. When I remember these things, it gives me patience and allows me to offer grace and love to him rather than become selfish . In the same way, when I am tempted to worry or get upset about a situation, tempted to turn away from Christ to find hope elsewhere (good luck!), I remind myself of God’s character, of the promises He has made to me through His word and our encounters, of His surpassing love for me. Then I can breathe and have peace, knowing that He is intentional about our relationship and His plan for my life.
With my wedding rings, I clothe myself with the covenant I made to my husband and remember our relationship. What reminders do you put into place to echo your covenant with the Lord? How do you put on Christ–His nature and covenant–daily?