Every once and awhile, someone asks me why I write about modesty. Or they might say, “Isn’t there something else that you can write about that would better further the kingdom of God?” While there are many topics that would take precedence over modesty in order of importance, I believe that God has called me to write about this specifically. The following are a few reasons as to why sharing my heart about modesty is important.
1. At one time, I was quite the immodest dresser. God pulled me out of that pit and showed me my error through His Word and the lives of others. I honestly didn’t know that immodesty was a problem that I needed to deal with until I had daughters of my own. My findings regarding the fact that the Lord loves us deeply as daughters, and that He wants us to dress modestly as a form of protection, has encouraged me to share with those who are on the same path that I used to be on.
2. Modesty is commanded in God’s Word. 1 Timothy 2:9 says, “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control…” This isn’t something that we can simply decide to ignore.
3. Modesty is a form of worship. You might not believe me, but it truly is. In 1 Timothy, women are commanded to “likewise” adorn themselves with modesty, as men are to “lift up holy hands.” The lifting up of hands is a form of worship, and modesty is too.
4. Our culture is actively immodest as far as clothing is concerned. If we lived a few hundred years ago, all women dressed modestly, whether they were believers or not. Now, it is in style to dress immodestly. It is so very important to share God’s truth with this culture!
5. Since our culture as a whole is immodest, there are not many role models that exhibit modesty. While I certainly do not consider myself to be a role model, I hope that if I share about modesty, other Christian ladies might not feel alone as they seek to be obedient to God’s Word in this matter.
While modesty is a teaching that we should take very seriously, women most likely will apply this to their lives differently. While studying my Bible today, I came across Romans 14. While Paul is speaking about liberties that we have as Christians, he says that, “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. (Romans 14:17, 19 NKJV) We can take the words, “eating and drinking,” and replace them with “skirts and pants,” or “make up and jewelry.” Let’s be sure that we do not allow disagreements about such things take our eyes off of what the kingdom of God truly is…righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
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