"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as it proper for women making a claim to godliness." 1 Timothy 2:9
A while ago the children and I were doing our daily Bible lesson. It just happened to be on modesty. It posed some very convicting questions.
What images come to mind when you hear the word "modesty"?
What about the immodest fashions prevalent in our world today? Does it matter? Why or why not?
Must a young lady dress like her grandmother? How can young women still dress youthfully but also modestly?
Do clothes, or the lack thereof, have the power to lead people to sin?
Should Christian women wear clothes that attract sexual attention? Why or why not?
Give an example of immodest dress.
Some scripture we read:
I JOHN 2:16-17: “For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
MATTHEW 5:27-28: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a women to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
HEBREWS 13:4: “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled, but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”
ROMANS 14:13: “Let us not judge one another anymore but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”
Modesty is an attitude. Consequently, some women may not realize that what they wear could cause others to stumble. People in the church should encourage and help teach young ladies and young gentlemen to dress modestly with love and tact. Titus 2:4-5 implores older ladies to teach the younger women.
Ladies, what do we want our clothes to say about us? What message does God want us to communicate?