A lot of mud gets dragged in when snow starts melting.
Clothes and shoes get dirty quickly.
Maybe that is why most weddings happen in the summer.
Maybe the mud and muck clinging to the bride’s gown would distract from her beauty.
In Revelation 19 the Bible describes the Bride of Christ, the Church, dressed in beautiful linen.
The Bible says that those beautiful linens are the righteous acts of the saints, those who know Jesus Christ.
The Lord spoke to my heart, as I was reading. How often have I tried to fling the mud of condemnation on someone’s righteous acts. How often have I smeared the muck of criticism on a brother’s or sister’s motives? How often have I tried to dirty someone’s righteous acts?
“Father, forgive me for judging my brothers and sisters in their work for you. Please help me to stay focused on what you have called me to do. Help me to build up, encourage, and stir on toward good deeds. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for you kindness toward me and your patience while I clothe myself in fine linen and encourage those who love you to do the same.”
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.