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. Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.
1 Timothy 2:8-15
Have you ever read scripture, and had an “aha” moment? This happened to me while reading this text a few months ago, and unfortunately due to my pregnancy-induced scatterbrain I’m just getting around to writing about it.
Throughout the Bible, we can see that modesty is important to the Lord. At the same time, it isn’t mentioned in the same way as say, loving God and one another. (Although I do believe wholeheartedly that dressing modestly is a way to “love” our brothers in Christ so they will not be overly tempted to lustful thinking.) In my heart, I know that modesty is so very important, but most Christians really don’t think that it is.
Then while reading 1 Timothy 2:8-9 one day, one little phrase stuck out like it never had before…in like manner.
Paul is instructing that men should pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands. He doesn’t include women in this, but instead, says in likemanner women should adorn themselves in modest apparel.
We view praying and lifting up holy hands as a form of worship, don’t we? I believe that Paul is saying that the equivalent of men praying and lifting up holy hands is women dressing modestly, and therefore dressing modestly is a form of worship also. A form that we should uphold as very important, and that we seek to offer to the Lord daily.
This makes modesty so much relevant, doesn’t it?
When we consider modesty, we need to understand that we aren’t given too many specifics, except for the broad terms modesty and discretion. I believe that this is to account for the many different cultures and time periods that Christians have lived. We need to address coverage and fitment issues, but the type of clothing that fits in the modest “range” is vast. In the past I’ve written a few posts about my personal standards that are not necessarily biblical. While personally, I love reading about other’s convictions and standards, I’m actually praying about possibly removing some of these articles. The reason is simply because I would never want someone’s convictions to come from me instead of from scripture. There have been times in my life (and possibly in yours) that I saw someone who is a Christian, I liked what they were doing, so I decided to change that thing in my life because of a person. Then I would go to the Bible and see if it matched up. In actuality, we should be diligently searching our Bible for truth, and then live our lives accordingly. God speaks to us through His Word ladies! The way that we can best hear from Him is to stay in the Word daily.
I included 1 Timothy 2:10-15 in the text above since it continues to speak of a few things that are specific to women, like the instruction in modesty. This passage is controversial in our day and time, to say the least. However I believe that it continues to illustrate the fact that men and women are created differently, and at times the Lord expects us to behave differently. This is not just a husband/wife issue, but is also a man/woman issue. This is not a bad thing! As ladies, we need to concentrate on teaching one another and modeling godliness, dressing with discretion and modesty, and “continuing in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.”
I hope that this has been an encouragement to you. Modesty must be considered!
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