Tips On Modesty (That Has Little To Do With Clothes)
Every time I hear of the term modesty in the context of Christianity, it correlates to how we as Christian women should dress. In focusing so much on the outside and “looking holy”, the necessity for a heart check measuring true holiness and modesty in spirit can often be overlooked. Anyone can dress modestly even without having a true heart for Christ. Further, one can be covered in a turtleneck and a prairie skirt but what does that matter if her behaviors don’t align with her modest wardrobe.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t watch how we dress. Making sure that our outfit is not causing others to be tempted and is accurately representing ourselves as daughters of God is completely sound doctrine. We must however always remember what true modesty is. A heart check is a must in finding out if you are actually modest and not just looking the part.
Check your heart by asking God to reveal it to you. Once He reveals to you the parts that He wants to purify, allow Him to do just that. He wants to clean out those dark, dusty corners that you haven’t allowed anyone else in. One scripture I often meditate on is Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Continuously ask the Lord to produce everything in you that pleases Him.
Another way to make sure you are moving towards modesty in heart and spirit is to read your word daily. The word of God will check you and cause the Holy Spirit to stir up transformation inside of you. Psalm 119:9, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word modesty has little to do with your choice of dress but rather it has more to do with your humility, behavior, and not thinking more highly of yourself and your abilities. God wants us to not just look modest but to actually be modest. The outside will always naturally exude what is already flowing on the inside of you. Pay more attention to who Christ wants you to be on the inside than what the Christian community says you must do to look the part on the outside.
You will get closer to the image that God wants you to look like by spending time with Him. The more you spend time with Jesus the more you will be transformed into His image and the more you will have his heart. While you read and pray have a conversation with God. Ask the Holy Spirit questions and expect Him to answer. Through that, He will reveal all those hidden things that you don’t even know are there.
Ephesians 5:8-10 TPT says, “Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you- goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord.”
With the light of Christ inside of you, you will supernaturally exude attributes of Christ and as you surrender every part of yourself He will teach you what is pleasing to Him; this will also transcend into your wardrobe. Modesty should flow from the inside out, revealing the Christ in you in all aspects of your life!
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