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It isn’t easy, is it?
Can a woman be fully clothed and still be immodest?
What part does the attitude of the woman play in whether a woman is immodest or not?
What does it mean to be provocatively dressed?
Does how she stands or walks have any effect on whether she looks modest or not?
Does a woman’s body type make a difference in what she can or cannot, should or should not, wear?
I think you would agree that all these play a part in whether we would be able to call a woman modest. (Which raises another question: Can a modest woman be immodestly dressed? Or can an immodest woman be modestly dressed?)
Thoughts to Ponder
These are some thoughts which I am mulling over, admittedly not completely thought-through yet, but think with me on this:
I believe modesty begins inside a woman. I think modesty is a matter of the heart. Modesty is closely linked with another Biblical word: discretion.
“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.” Proverbs 11:22
God sometimes deals with the heart about immodest outward appearance before He completely changes the heart of a woman to become modest in all areas.
Not all modestly dressed women are modest at heart.
Question of the Hour
Whose are you? If you belong to God and you have given your life to Him, if you are trusting that Jesus Christ’s blood shed for you on the cross, and His resurrection, has saved you from eternal damnation in hell…
What does God want said about you:
Holy? or Hot?
Our church took a survey of all the men and older boys, asking them to rate specifics in dress which caused them to have trouble in their thoughtlife. Click on the link to read that post on modesty and the results of the modesty survey.
This is the time of the year when many young maidens are planning the biggest day of their life: their wedding day.
Ok, let’s imagine something. Suppose you were engaged and planning your wedding right now:
After thinking about modesty, and reading the modesty survey, if you were to wear any of the dresses below, or any of the wedding dresses that you have seen at weddings in the recent past, which of them would cause the men at your wedding to either have to look away, or sin, and why.
- Ask your husband or father to help you evaluate your clothing, by giving you a thumbs up or thumbs down (or a rating of some kind) of each piece of clothing you own. Tell him that your sincere desire is to be pleasing to the Lord in all your ways and you don’t want to cause a “brother” to stumble. Encourage him that you mean it, and then don’t react, but really listen to what he says.
- If your friend or daughter is planning a wedding, talk to her about this issue of modesty, and perhaps give her an article or two to read on the subject, and give her some Bible verses which have spoken to you. You’ll help her avoid a world of regret, and save many a man from sin.