** I have something sort of special for today… it is an article my mom wrote awhile back addressing the issue of modesty, and its importance! Hope you enjoy!!
Hello Dear Sisters! I want to introduce myself… I’m Mendy, Madison’s mom. I’d like to share a little bit of my heart on this issue of modesty.
It really is a tough issue in our day! But Praise God! He gives his daughters wisdom and grace to obey Him, even in a culture that pulls at us so hard in the opposite direction.
“According as His divine power hath given unto us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hat called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:3-4
Sisters, we don’t have to be swayed by the world’s immodest fashions. At the same time, we have liberty in Christ to seek God about how he’d have us to dress for His glory. (if we are married, of course, we dress in a way that pleases our husbands if it’s not contrary to God’s standard). And God loves us and He created each of us different. This requires us (with our husbands or fathers) to seek God and to really catch the spirit of modesty. God’s heart would be for his daughters to conceal, not reveal, their forms.
And why conceal our forms? If we are a Christian, our bodies are the temples of God, and our outward appearance should reflect that we are different from the world. We have the Holy Spirit living inside… would He want to dwell in a body that is scantily dressed, causing men to sin by lusting after us? NO! We must take this responsibility seriously, sisters! It is well known that men are visual; meaning they are visually stimulated by what they see. It can trigger lustful thoughts for them if we are not modestly dressed. We are to “be our brother’s keeper” in a sense; If we profess to be godly, we must walk as Jesus walked; not putting temptation or stumbling block in another’s path.
I also just want to mention that modesty and a modest spirit is not only about clothing…. it’s also attitude. Someone can be completely covered in loose clothing but have a provocative spirit. A godly woman should be holy in her behavior, sober, chaste, and good with a meek and quiet (gentle, calm) spirit. If she is married, she is to be a keeper at home, loving her husband and children.
Have you ever noticed, in Matthew 5:28, Jesus says, “that whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery WITH her, in his heart” ? A man absolutely has control over his thoughts and HE is responsible for those things. However, if we are provoking lustful thoughts by either behavior or attire, then we are not innocent. He is committing adultery WITH us! That’s a frightful thought! Let us be innocent of causing someone else to sin. Let us make it easier for our brothers. Also, church should be a peaceful and modest place where our brothers can worship without constant battling in their minds to stay pure. They have to do enough of that in this world! Let’s help them by dressing in a way that they can focus on Christ and also so that they can have a decent conversation with us without struggling not to look at certain parts of our bodies!
As much as men are visual and struggle to keep these temptations at bay (if they are a Christian), women also have to keep the temptation at bay, the desire to be looked at and objectified in this way.
Dear sisters, we are more valuable than that! Having a man to desire your body, or accentuating parts of your body to draw attention, WILL NOT in any way fulfill you or make you feel loved or valuable! Actually, it is quite the opposite! Don’t fall for the devil’s trap. It has a de-valuing affect. YOU are far more than your body and outward appearance! If we conceal our bodies, our hearts will shine out! You are Jesus’ priceless treasure – bought with a price – eternally valuable and precious.
God bless you all!