Beauty Supplements

Your daily dose of true beauty advice…

Some of you may wonder…why make such a big deal about modesty? More importantly, why does Paul? Is it because we’re conservative people? Is it because we have personal preferences about how women should dress?

No. The reason is the gospel. Modesty is important because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul is concerned about it. He isn’t simply a “cultural conservative.” This isn’t Paul’s version of The Book of Virtues. For him, the issue of modesty is about the gospel.

And that’s why you should be concerned about modesty as well. For when we take a broader look at 1 Timothy 2:9, we discover that these instructions about women’s dress are set in the context of the gospel:

This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Tim. 2:3–6)

The gospel message is the motivation for modest dress.

The woman who loves the Savior avoids immodesty because she doesn’t want to distract from or reflect poorly upon the gospel.

R. Kent Hughes puts it like this: “Paul’s overriding concern was that the way Christians deported themselves would not detract from but enhance their gospel mission.”

We have a gospel mission: not only to preach Christ but to live in a way consistent with our profession of faith. As women, you can detract from the gospel mission by dressing immodestly, or you can enhance the gospel mission by dressing in a way that reflects the transforming power of the gospel at work in you. The humble woman, the modest woman, is concerned about the lost. And her dress reflects that concern.    

Make this your aim: that there be no contradiction between your gospel message and the clothes you wear. May your modest dress be a humble witness to the One who gave himself as a ransom for all.

~C.J. Mahaney in “Modesty: The Modest Woman’s Allegiance (pt. 7)

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3 thoughts on “Beauty Supplements

  1. I don’t believe I have ever read a better argument for dressing modestly. It has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Christ. A true dose of beauty advice, not only for women but for instructing our little girls and young women.

    Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

    This would be a great verse to paste on our closet doors or bathroom mirrors to keep our hearts and minds in check before leaving the house! ;)

  2. I think modesty goes much deeper than dress. Scripture instructs us to everything in moderation. I think modesty is an issue of the heart that reflects in the way we dress, talk, think and live. It’s much easier to dress modestly if your heart is modest.

    I read an interesting writing on women and modesty. It was written by Tertullian who has some very thought provoking ideas about womanhood. He felt that a woman who has to get up every morning and get all dolled up with fancy clothes and makeup is basicallly telling God that he didn’t know what he was doing when he made her and she has to get up every morning and fix it. This made me laugh but it was also a gotcha!

    F. B. Myer also wrote on women and modesty in his pamphlet “Advice for girls” I think it’s called that we should also dress as our culture, but within the confines of modesty. He felt that dressing a certain way because of your religions drew just as much attention to your body as wearing something imodest did. So he felt that we should dress as our culture does as long as it’s modest and covers the curvature of our bodies.

    It’s obvious that modesty is an age old concern because it has been written about all throughout history which should say something to us as women that we need to be in prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit especially concerning this issue.

  3. Thanks for the great comments.

    The Gospel does make all the difference in the world as we consider this issue. I also agree that when it comes to modesty, our main focus should be on the heart not the hemline! =)

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