Scriptures on Modesty
Every culture, even every household has different standards of defining modesty. There are many gray areas depending on where in the world you live. However, Scripture can be our guide on ways in which we can worship the Lord even by what we put on our bodies and how we look when we walk out of the door. Below are some verses on ways to dress that honor God:
2 Timothy 2:9-10 says, “I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”
The entire chapter of 2 Timothy 2 provides instructions for worship. When I went to a church in an overseas nation, I noticed that many of the girls still wore head coverings. At first, this startled me thinking it was legalism, however in their culture it was simply a sign of respect for the Lord. They did not want the attention brought on themselves and their beauty, but all the focus to be on God. It really moved me. It made me think about how there can be a reverence in the ways we present ourselves to Christ. We can be assisting in the worship of the Lord, or distracting and bringing glory to our own selves. Our choice in dress can bring more glory to God. How great is that?
Whenever I have served in worship on the stage at church, I always do my best to go above my regular modesty scale. This is to ensure that I will not be the focus. When we desire to live our lives in leadership, we make sacrifices that go above to bless God and bless others.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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 Peter 3 addresses marriage during the first seven verses. Peter goes as far to say that a Christian woman who is married to an unbelieving man can win her husband over for Christ by the ways that she lives and her purity. Then he goes on sharing verses 3-4. Notice Peter does not say that a woman should not take care of herself and never wear makeup or never do her hair. He says that her beauty should come from within. Anyone can get dolled up, but character quickly reveals if someone is a beautiful person or not.
In regard to sexual immorality, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 shares “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Although the context is purity, we can model these decisions in how we present ourselves physically and worship the Lord in this way.
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