True marriage love with its delights comes only from the Lord and is given to those who live according to His commandments (Marriage Love 534).
A marriage that is founded in religion is a three-way covenant involving the husband, the wife, and the Lord. Looking to the Lord and following Him lead couples to a genuine spiritual love for one another. In the teachings for the New Church, this spiritual love is called true marriage love or truly conjugial love. We can work on receiving this precious gift from God by cherishing the ideal of a truly spiritual marriage love and avoiding things that might harm it.
A wedding is the beginning of a marriage, confirming and blessing a couple's commitment to each other and to the Lord. Because of its importance, many parts of wedding ceremonies have symbolic meanings. To explore some of these, we look at the story of Isaac and Rebekah from Genesis 24, a description of a wedding in heaven (witnessed by Emanuel Swedenborg and reported in the Heavenly Doctrine), and aspects of contemporary wedding rituals. We hope these materials will enhance your vision of the unique joy and blessing of true marriage love.
Explore the delights of spiritual marriage--a gift the Lord longs to give you--on the New Church Vineyard website.