1 Timothy 2:9 has to be one of my favorite verses on modesty. It pretty much completely describes how we are to dress. I love how the ESV translates it, "Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls, or costly attire," You see, in ancient times during the Roman Empire, everyone had so many slaves working for them, that the women had nothing to do. So she'd just ask one of her servants braid her hair, and sometimes they would add jewels in with the braid, or strings of gold, to get attention from men. I mean, what would get more attention than, "I'm rich and sparkly!" This verse is basically saying that we should not dress to get attention. It's not saying that there's anything wrong with braiding our hair, but just that we have to be careful about attracting attention to ourselves. :)
What it's also saying is that, we should dress respectably. In yesterday's post I covered that a lot. Now, I would like you to answer this honestly, is anyone going to respect you if you go out every day half dressed? In Monica's article, "What Story Do My Clothes Tell About Me" (it's right here if you want to read it: http://marvelouslymodest.blogspot.com/2012/07/what-story-do-my-clothes-tell-about-me.html) she mentioned that people can learn a lot about you by the way that you dress. That is very true. If you don't have one modest outfit in your closet, then that tells me exactly what kind of a person you are. And most of the time, you are not going to get as much respect, especially from men. If God says to dress modestly, and you don't, then how is that respectable?
Also, it talks about self-control in how you dress. This is one that I think every girl has a problem with. Because, sometimes, we see a really cute top that we really really like, but it's too tight, and sometimes, it's almost like a death sentence, for me at least, to not buy that top. But that's when I have to have self-control, and tell myself that even if I buy it, I still can't wear it. We have to have self-control. And it seems hard at the time, but you'll never regret it. :) Please keep this in mind next time you get dressed. :)
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