Let say for one reason or another, we have friends whom we've drifted apart from in our lives, and they also happen to be Christians. We're all going to meet each other in Heaven, but does the Bible say anything about our unresolved tensions and how we'll see each other from then on?

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    friends ....drifted apart....unresolved tensions doesn't make much sense to me. It is my belief we will be happy to see everyone we can in heaven
    – depperm
    Commented Mar 20, 2020 at 23:44
  • What doesn't make sense to you?
    – MMF
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 0:39
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    What do you think might be the case between Paul and Barnabus ? And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; [Acts 15:39] Such things happen and they will be resolved by the Lord himself when he returns. Surely ?
    – Nigel J
    Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 2:12
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    Revelation21:27, "nothing defile shall enter". If we have not yet perfected charity, sorry we are not worthy to enter Heaven. The most intriguing part for me, is what will happen to all Christian if they saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the Highest Creature in Heaven beside the King Jesus Christ, remember Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 2:24
  • @Nigel Paul resolve it in this life, how? He no longer lives, but Christ lives in him. St.Paul perfected charity by perfecting the holy virtues imitating Christ perfectly.(Galatians2:20) Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 2:40

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This is in the realm of speculation, but for sure any Christian in heaven has already been sanctified completely so assuming that we and our friends "make it to the end" and enter heaven, there will be so much goodwill and catching up and learning of why we drifted apart on earth but then immediately forgive each other then focus our attention to have eternal great fellowship while enjoying the presence of God that all causes for drifting apart on earth would have vanished into insignificance.

C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce, study guide here, has imaginative scenarios of this kind of meeting, including meeting a murderer who has repented.

  • Is Heaven a place for sanctification or glorification? Nobody can enter Heaven who is not in a perfect or unblemished state. Book of Revelation teaches only those who wash their robe, and no spot no matter how small it is. "Nothing defile shall enter God's Kingdom"(Revelation21:27) Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 3:19
  • @itzsophia'svlogs I said the same thing: "any Christian in heaven has already been sanctified completely... " And yes, we would have been glorified as well. I'm just focusing on the "being sanctified" portion, which enabled us to forgive easily. Commented Mar 21, 2020 at 3:24
  • You stated; "there will be so much goodwill and catching up and learning of why we drifted apart on earth but then immediately forgive each other.."Glorified souls do not do this in Heaven anymore, beatific vision was only given to those who perfectly purged & finished their purification. "Blessed are the pure for they shall see God", because "nothing defile shall enter the KIngdom of God".(Rev21:27) Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 0:46
  • @itzsophia'svlogs I also said that "this is in the realm of speculation". Glorified soul refers to the glorified body we will have; it doesn't mean we lose our memory of earthly living. After all, having memory of past issues doesn't have to be painful if you forgive. After resurrection, didn't Jesus have glorified body? Didn't Jesus not have memory of Peter having betrayed Him and thus the dialog in John 21:15-17 ? Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 0:56
  • After resurrection, did Jesus have "glorified body" or "resurrected body". Glorification is only in Heaven, Jesus need to ascend first into Heaven for Him to have a "glorified body". Look at the description of Jesus appearance in the Second Coming and the "resurrected body". Is there a difference? Commented Mar 22, 2020 at 2:16

I use to have "anxiety" and still do (at times) as to how can I have joy and peace in heaven when I know that here on earth some of my friends and loved one's have died without knowing Jesus Christ.

Then the Lord gave me Revelation 21:4-5, "and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning/sorrow, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

Verse 5, "And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold I AM MAKING ALL THINGS NEW. And He said, Write, for these words are faithful and true." When "glory" comes, all I want to see is "smiles" and "rejoicing." Hope this helps!

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