The Modesty Series Returns!6:46 AM
I said that the Modesty Series would return... And here it is! I've been more than a little distracted by the whole house ownership thing, with all my free time going to construction or housework or the various other ministry responsibilities of my life. And since blogging Biblically actually takes serious study, a.k.a. time., this series had to go on a little sabbatical. But it's ba-a-ack! Woot.
The Motives for Modesty
It's easy to become obsessed with the outward manifestations of modesty/immodesty. Those things are obvious. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "...Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." The Lord is concerned with the root, not just the fruit in our lives. What makes us dress modestly? Or immodestly? What drives our actions? What causes us to make each decision to put on certain clothes?
The first motive-and the greatest-is to please God.
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness."
1 Timothy 2:9-10
The Word is very clear. If we claim to be Christians, we must dress modestly. This is an issue of simple obedience. God said it, so we have to do it.
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments."
More tomorrow as we continue to look at the motives for modesty.
Is it my intention to please God with how I dress?
When I get dressed, is my primary motive to obey God?
Am I motivated by my love for the Lord? or love of the world?
Do I struggle with obedience in this area? Why?