Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Evaluating our Wardrobe

In our culture, women are obsessed with displaying their treasures. The Bible doesn't give us a list of do's and don'ts when it comes to modesty, but it does talk about the heart attitude that should be reflected in everything we do: "All of you clothe your selves with humility toward one another" (1 Peter 5:5). Do women today dress with humility and think of the effect their clothing has on others? Some do, but many do not.

Here are some things to be careful about if you want to reflect God's glory:

Exposing intimate parts of the body (e.g., thighs, hips, breasts, midriff)

Ladies, what do guys think when they see a slit halfway up the back or front of your skirt? What do they see when you walk, climb up stairs, ect.? What about low necklines and unbuttoned blouses? Are intimate parts of your body revealed when you bend over or reach for something?

Emphasizing private or alluring parts of the body.

Immodesty can happen not only by uncovering these parts but also by partially covering private areas. Men say that partially covering the body can be even more seductive than totally uncovering the body. They call it "teasing"...another word is "tempting."

Our culture shouts to us, "Be cool," "You only go around once," "Go for the gusto." But the Lord whispers, "You only have one life, live it for My glory."

What would it mean for you to dress for the glory of God? Would you need to make any changes?

Living life to God's glory may require some tough choices, but they will be worth it. By limiting your liberty in dress, you can help the men around you who want to live godly lives. As the college student said in his letter to the editor, you can "help your brother out."

~Excerpt is from the look: does God really care what I wear? by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

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