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Some Thoughts On Modesty

23 November, 2011

1 Peter 3:3-5

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.

1 Tim 2:9

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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. FatherOf4 permalink
    24 November, 2011 2:01 am

    “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.”

    It is often hard to determine someone’s motives by simple actions (wearing revealing clothing) and the problem is not the clothes, but the attitude. She may have nothing else to clean to wear, she may have grabbed this to run out the door in an emergency. It might be better to rephrase it. “When a woman is trying to draw attention to herself, she may wear revealing clothing to garner the attention of men.” This, I believe, puts the emphasis on the heart matter, and not on outward action.

    • 24 November, 2011 7:59 am

      I am not particularly talking about an exceptional instance, but the consistent, intentional choice of clothing. The clothing that is purchased and then worn – they are intentional choices that reveal the heart issues. Sorry if I wasn’t clear.

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