It's Just A Metaphor
By: Jeff Pipe, PsyD
At the end of the day marriage is only a metaphor. It’s not the end game. The end game is your relationship with Christ. He gave us marriage as a living illustration of His love for us. As such, it is a sacred institution to be honored, nurtured and protected. However, there is no marriage or family in heaven - family is irrelevant there. There is no need for a metaphor when you are in the arms of the actual. Everything that your heart longs for in your marriage - to be known, enjoyed and accepted, the passion to be deeply connected to and cared for by another - will be fulfilled when you see Christ face-to-face. There is no celestial sex or family in the new heaven and earth. It’s the community of believers and God in the redeemed world/life He has for us. So, even though the institution of marriage is of profound value and should be protected and nurtured in this life, it is only a means to an end and not an end in itself. Divorce is not the unforgivable sin. You are called to love your spouse more than you love your marriage.
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