In Ephesians 5 and many other places in the Bible, the church is compared to the bride of Christ.
[quote]That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27[/quote]
The parallel between the church and a bride describes the beauty of a woman who is chased and cherished, perfected and pristine –adorned and adored.
A beautiful bride, dressed in white, walking down the aisle toward the man she will commit to–for better or worse–manages to looks beautiful and serene because of the trust that she places in that man.
There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is loved by a man. Not because a woman needs a man to be beautiful–but because her face reflects the beautiful love that is overflowing from her heart. A woman loves to be loved. and somehow being loves multiplies the love she has to offer. Women are amazing that way–created to create love.
I noticed something one day while attending a wedding. In all the weddings I have attended, I have never seen an ugly bride.
And how is that possible, seeing that all of them are dressed in white. Who looks good in white?!
It is not cut of the dress, or the contrast of the neutral hue that gives her face the color of love. It is effect of the love of her man that makes a bride beautiful.
When we are know we are loved, we are free to allow love to grow and radiate, and it is beautiful.
So, who is the most beautiful woman in the room?
The one who knows she is loved with an unsurpassed love. The one who knows she is more valuable than rare gems is stunning.
The woman who has experienced the depth and the height and the breadth of the love of God is the most beautiful woman in the room.
[quote]And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ–and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Eph 3:17b-19 NIV[/quote]