If you follow me on social media, you know that I’m doing the Open Your Bible Series with She Reads Truth. Day 12 was about applying scripture responsibly and has probably been my favorite day so far! Rebecca made a great analogy of applying scripture and being a bridesmaid. At the heart of it, IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU. She states that the women in your life are the brides of Christ (there’s that marriage analogy again that I mentioned last week!) so as women we’re all called to be bridesmaids for each other, helping the bride get ready for the wedding. (See Revelation 19:6-9 about the marriage supper of the Lamb.)
There are three things we’re supposed to do to be good bridesmaids: comfort and encourage the bride (Romans 15:4 – give hope through the encouragement of the scriptures), speak truth to the bride (protect her and keep her from falling away), and remember the bride’s relationship with the groom is more important than her relationship with you (Proverbs 2).
I’ve been blessed enough to have an amazing accountability partner for the past ten years, Emily. High school was spent with weekly walks to Heroes downtown on Saturday for lunch and to talk about what God was doing in our lives. Those weekly talks grounded me and gave me the strength I have today in my faith. She’s married and living across the country these days but I know I can pick up the phone at any time and have those same talks. Starting today I’m going to challenge us to have those chats regularly again.
I hope you have someone like this in your life. If not, I encourage you to find someone. We’re not meant to go through life alone. I’m always free for a chat: email@example.com and if you’re somewhere on the Gulf Coast, Pumpkin Spice Latte on me whenever you’d like. <3
The glory of the bridesmaid is that on that beautiful wedding day she reflects Christ’s love and the bride looks only to Him. Take care of the bride! – Rebecca Faires