I hoped to share a few thoughts on modesty, it’s really hard to address in one simple post, but I hope it provides some food for thought 🙂
” Dress… is the one outward sign from which people in general, judge upon the internal state of mind and feeling of a person…” – Queen Victoria, while addressing her eldest son.
In light of this, we daughters of the King have a commission, in carrying the image of Christ with holiness. (1 Peter 1:15-16) If dress is an outward sign of your state of mind- of who you are, then what does your dress reflect? When people see you, are you distracting them from Christ? In the Bible it clearly teaches us that women are to dress modestly, this is a command… not a matter of conscience (1 Timothy 2:9 & 1 Peter 3: 3-5). Anyhow, let’s allow the Queen to continue, shall we?
“We do not wish to control your own taste and fancies, which on the contrary, we wish you to indulge and develop, but we do expect that you will never wear anything extravagant or slang, not because we don’t like it but because it would prove a want of self- respect and be offence against decency, leading- as it often was done in others- to an indifference to what is morally wrong.” – Queen Victoria
I don’t know much about Queen Victoria’s relationship to God, but she hit the nail on the head! I find it remarkable how you can tell so much about a person by how they are dressed. Often times people can be scared off on the topic of modesty, worried they’ll wear a shapeless tent the rest of their days…misery! Or perhaps the term modesty causes the envisioned doom of a moral minefield. In any case, as Christian girls, we can be confident that the Bible’s stand on the issue is true;
“The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.”– Psalms 45: 13
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” 1 Timothy 2:9
“Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
God, the author of all beauty desires us to be beautiful, but the mistake we often make is that it is only His beauty that is true. Where do we find our source of beauty? Is it ourselves, out talents, looks, skills etc. or can we radiate with the true heavenly beauty of Christ?
True modesty must be an outflow of our humble obedience to Christ or else it’s only going to be a rule… and rules may keep you covered in yards of fabric, but they can’t hide an immodest attitude.
Think for a moment of the Bride of Christ; the image of purity & submission to God. As a Christian, and therefore having a part as the Bride of Christ, does your manner & dress reflect that same purity? There are so many more reasons to dress modestly, but for now is Christ enough reason? Because Christ is really the only sure foundation.
Well, I suppose this is only the beginning of an exploration of modesty, look for more later on 🙂 Enjoy the wintery season!
Radiant Modesty- Rebekah Joy This book on modesty is really good, I highly recommend it to every Christian girl out there!