Modesty — An Introduction

What does proper clothing look like? How should a Christian woman dress? Does it make a difference what we are wearing throughout the week and on Sunday when going to church?

The verses in 1 Timothy 2:8-10 read like this:

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere,
lifting up holy hands,
without wrath and doubting;
in like manner also,
that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with propriety and moderation,
not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
but, which is proper for women professing godliness,
with good works.

I know, there are endless discussions out there on what is and what isn’t suitable clothing. Should women be allowed to wear jeans? Would above knee skirts be acceptable? What about cleavage? How low-cut is too much in a top or dress?

The dilemma doesn’t end here, though. Trying to find modest clothing is like looking for a needle in a haystack — nearly impossible. I say nearly, because even in our day and age it is still possible to dress modestly. How? Stay tuned for more posts on that topic to come.

This leaves us with the question: How should a Christian woman dress?

During my search I came across this video clip which is well worth to watch — 5 minutes that can help you decide how to dress modestly and what kind of clothing you should avoid.

“It’s not our fault,” some of us like to say. We will dress the way we want to dress and that settles it. If a man gets tempted by looking at us wearing certain clothing then all this man has to do is look the other way. Right? Wrong!

1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and not our own. Shouldn’t we yield to Him and offer our bodies to His service? How can we glorify God with our bodies?

1 Corinthians 8:13 says

Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble,
I will never again eat meat,
lest I make my brother stumble.

Paul was concerned about certain food (the KJV mentions meat) to avoid that would make his brother stumble — even though Paul was free to eat it. What difference we could make in dressing properly so to not make our brothers in Christ or any other men stumble!

Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods,
but God will destroy both it and them.
Now the body is not for sexual immorality
but for the Lord,
and the Lord for the body.

(1 Corinthians 6:13)

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