Monica never thought she would be so lucky as to marry her best friend; and neither did Chandler. But they were, and they did, and that is what makes this relationship so special.

But it shouldn’t be. All marriage relationships should be best friend relationships. Why? Because that’s kind of the point. Marriage is supposed to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship with the church—a best friend relationship. One free of judgement, filled with trust, and walked arm-in-arm together. Paul said that husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church, even giving his life for her; and wives are to love their husbands, honoring and respecting them, as the Church (the Bride of Christ) loves Him.

We’ve gotten marriage so twisted and complicated that we’ve come to think of it as a piece of paper, but it is so much more. It is a friendship where two people become one. It is the birth of a family, a unit. It is beautiful and powerful.

I say all this on the brink of celebrating seven years of marriage with my best friend (@Mr_MannyRivera). On February 20, 2009, I walked down an aisle to where my best friend was waiting for me. As our friends and families watched, we committed to being best friends like Christ and the Church (the Bride He gave His life for). There are no words to describe how powerful and awesome and beautiful it feels to be with your best friend.

But not everyone wants to get married. And some who do wouldn’t call their marriage the best-friend type. I get that, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the relationship I described above. I don’t just have that relationship with my husband; as crazy and wacky as it sounds, I have that relationship with Christ—everyone can.

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT

The greatest love of all is that of friendship. The one where one friend gives their life to save that of the other friend…