What About Our Marriage?

Q. From what I have learned and read from the Bible, marriage is very important to God. If so, will there be any relationship between my husband and me in heaven? We have been very happily married for 15 years. It distresses me to think that our relationship will be one where we are just good friends/ brother and sister in heaven. I am sure we will still love each other, but what about our marriage?

A. In Ephesians 5:22-33 Paul explained why marriage is so important to God. It’s intended to be a model on Earth of the relationship between Christ and the Church. The Church is supposed to submit to the Lord’s will because He loved us so much that He gave himself up for us. He has covered all our imperfections with His love, and He’s promised never to leave us or lose us no matter what (John 6:37-40). This is the way husbands and wives should feel toward each other.

That said, we shouldn’t try to evaluate our heavenly situation from an earthly perspective. We have no idea what we will be like there (1 John 3:2), let alone what our relationships will be like. But if everything in Heaven is better than anything on Earth, it’s reasonable to assume that our relationships there will be even better than they are here.

In 1 Cor. 2:9 Paul said, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

To me that means our natural minds are not capable of imagining what things will be like for us in the next life. Therefore the best thing for us to do is to “trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). One thing our experience with Him tells us is that we will not be disappointed.

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