Some Thoughts On Modesty
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
These are two great passages from the Bible that speak on women dressing modestly. However, a quick look at the context of these verses helps us to realise that it’s not just women. Men (and women in some cases) are commanded to be peaceful, quiet, holy, godly, without disputing, considerate, respectful. 1 Corinthians 12: 22-23 also expresses this in a sense.
So when we are talking about modesty, I don’t just mean for women, although I think there is a reason that commands for modesty are directed towards women more clearly and more often.
Modesty is more than how we dress. Being modest is being humble and it also has a suggestion of simplicity. I believe the heart of modesty is not making an intentional effort to draw attention to oneself.
When a woman dresses in revealing clothing, she is trying to draw attention to herself, especially the attentions of men. When women commandeer a conversation, and boast about their achievements, status, possessions or knowledge, they are drawing attention to themselves.
Modesty is a heart matter, and as Christians we should be modest, in all aspects of the word. However, what is in our heart overflows to our actions and our dress. Our lives, lived out as followers of Christ, should be flooded with grace. Our obedience to Christ will impact every area of our lives.
Shortly, in another blog post, I will outline what that means for me and for our family.