What Not to Wear! Seriously!

Posted by Page Phelps | | Posted On Monday, July 13, 2009 at 11:56 AM

What not to wear.

An issue of modesty.

I Timothy 2:9-10 -- 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.

Proverbs 31:30 -- Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman
who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Alright, I have decided to write on an issue that I think most of us
throw to the wayside at times. But I have felt led to write about this
for a time because as women, we at least, I know I need to be reminded
that some things should not be worn in public but instead saved for the
privacy of your own home and for your own husband. I get annoyed at what
I see on occasion at a place of worship and always at what I see in the
mall. I am often wanting to cover my young boys eyes when I walk through
a mall and try to avoid the mall at all costs because of the indecency
of dress on the advertisements and on adult/teen/and young women. I find
it also hard to deal with when I am in a place of worship and want to
hide my children's and or husbands eyes from what they have to see.
Sometimes I am just like, "Please put some clothes on, not only for my
sake but also for the man's sake." If women really realized how what
they are wearing or not wearing affects others I think that women would
think twice. I heard once that what you are wearing may cause your
brother in Christ to sin. Which is true. That is why there it is such a
hard time for guys and even some girls with what men wear at times for
Satan to attack them with thoughts of lust and why internet pornography
and adultery is rampant not only among our unsaved friends but for our
Christian friends. I feel the church has run away from discussing how to
guard ourselves with the Word, through prayer, and accountability. But I
also think we as Christian women have failed to uphold a modest standard
too. I ask myself often, would I let Maggie Beth wear what I am about to
put on in public? If not, then maybe I should not wear that strapless
dress or spaghetti strapped blouse that shows too much of the chest
area, or that skirt that is cut a little too high. Your husband might
like it but what is reserved for your spouse is for your spouse not for
the whole world to witness. God created that for your marriage between
you and your spouse a wonderful gift. Now I think it is wonderful to
dress nicely and take care of yourself, whatever you choose, products
such as make-up, whatever………but please put some clothes on. Actually we
are commanded to take care of ourselves because we are God's Holy
temple. I Corinthians 6:19, states: "Or do you not know that your body
is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,
and you are not your own?" So what God reserved for you and your spouse
do so in honoring His temple. And I also understand the pool and the
beach, but keep it modest.

I often feel that when I witness an inappropriately attired person that
the person wearing the attire is most likely looking for attention,
something that they are not receiving at home. I often try to pray for
the individual and ask God to help them understand the consequences of
indecent apparel. But I also wonder sometimes why the husband or father
does not say anything to their wife or daughter because they know how
men's minds work. One book that I know my husband has read and several
other men is Everyman's battle. We have waged war not against flesh and
blood but against the enemy. Satan, the enemy will try to deceive you
into wearing something that may cause you to try to get attention that
you may not really desire dear sister. Have you ever thought of it that
way? What is it that causes you to wear clothes that reveal too much,
have you tried to understand what the issue is in your heart? I also
have spoke about this several times, bringing it up in Bible study
classes or with friends and a lot of times I get well that is legalistic
or they think it is judgmental. I am not being either seriously, I am
not. I just think we need to guard our marriages, our children, from the
attacks of the enemy and not be used as tools of the enemy. I have
failed in my walk, but am aspiring to do better perhaps you will join me.

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