The imagery of marriage is often used in the Holy Scriptures to describe our union with God. In the Book of Esther, the opening chapters describe the path that Esther walked and how she was chosen to be Queen, receiving the full benefits of the Kingdom. Spiritually, this is an experience that we can have, which will move us beyond the commonplace into the fullness of Christ.
John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete (John 3:27-29 NIV).
These ‘beauty treatments’ are what I call “Walking as the Bride in the Kingdom of God”.
Our 8th treatment is the Mind of Christ.
Have you ever noticed how people who spend a lot of time together begin to mirror each other? Recently, I had the pleasure of dining with a young married couple, who are very much in love. The husband often finished his wife’s sentences as if he was inside her head. His wife seemed to know her husband’s every desire, including ordering to exact specifications the way her husband’s steak should be cooked. They spend so much time together; it is as if they are becoming one person.
This phenomenon comes to be for us also, by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, preparing us for our Bridegroom, Christ Jesus.