Thursday, August 1, 2013

Like a Bride Adorned

A few days before my wedding, my parents presented me with a special gift: a beautiful white gown and robe for my wedding night. Along with their present was a small card. When I opened to read what they had written inside, all I found was this:

Revelation 21:2
Dad and Mom

It didn't take long for me to find the verse which says, And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. a bride adorned for her husband.
I had read that verse many times throughout my life, but that night, just a few short days until my wedding, that verse took on a whole new meaning.
When I think of the new Jerusalem that will come down from Heaven one day, I think of beauty. Glory. Magnificent splendor.....  When the holy city comes down, it will be a sight to behold! And the Bible likens that glorious picture to a bride adorned for her husband. What a comparison!! Before that night when my parents presented me with their special gift, I had always thought that the bride's adorning the verse spoke about was her wedding gown. And it could very well be. However, after I received that beautiful evening gown and robe, I began to really dwell on that verse. a bride adorned for her husband.

....for her husband.

Not a crowd of people. Not her friends or family, but for her husband.

What comes to your mind when you think of that? For me, I think of privacy. I think of intimacy. Sacred. Mysterious. I think of purity. Here is my question: How should a bride be adorned for her husband? Shouldn't she be adorned in holiness? In glory? In a beauty that is reserved for her husband alone.

Far too many women refuse to protect that which is pure and sacred. In our culture, girls and women flaunt their bodies and reveal themselves to everyone around them. Then when they adorn themselves for their husband on their wedding night, they are giving him a view of their beauty that has, usually, already been glimpsed, if not completely seen, by many others. Sadly, the adorning that most choose is NOT likely to be compared to the holy city of Jerusalem in all its splendor and majesty.

If I could encourage you girls, ladies, and brides out there to do one thing, I would encourage you to adorn yourself honorably for your husband. Keep what is sacred, sacred. Keep what is mysterious under wraps. Make up your mind to refuse to dress or act unholy. Your husband desires to be the only one you show yourself to. Adorn yourself for him alone. There is so much beauty in that!

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