As I read this familiar passage on modesty, the last part jumped out at me: “But, which is proper for women professing godliness…”
“in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. I Timothy 2:9-10
Modesty is a hot topic in our world today. If we look around, it is evident that not many women hold a standard of modesty. Short shorts, high rise tops, low waistlines are the normal fashion attire that women wear everywhere. Those who do not know Christ will simply follow the fashion trends of the day – no matter where they may lead.
But this verse speaks specifically to women who profess godliness. If we are Christians, if we desire to live a life that pleases Him, if we tell others we are a Christian wife/mother/woman, share with others that are striving to be a woman of God – we are held to a higher standard of dress and of actions. There should be a distinct difference in modesty which consists of not only how we dress, but also how we present ourselves. It is said that clothes make the woman. But, dressing modestly is not found in a list of rules, it is a heart attitude which desires to represent godliness in how we dress and how we carry ourselves around others. How we speak, how we relate to members of the opposite sex and how we portray our bodies – do we seek extra attention or are we careful in every area – not to cause a brother to stumble.
Women, who profess godliness – we do not have to be entrapped by immodest fashion, we can set an example to the world that reflects Christ with our clothing. Will you deliberately choose to honor Him in this area?