Beautiful: Part 4
The world tells us that in order to be beautiful you have to dress to impress, show that skin and expose those breasts, butt and curves girlfriend! Watch out, or you too might find yourself lowering your standard and fitting right in to its’ deceptive mold. Many of our Christian sisters already have and you might be one of them if you are not careful to examine the scriptures.
Paul exhorts women in 1 Timothy 2:9-10 to “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.” Sounds like a foolproof way to look like you stepped right out of the 18th century right? Wrong. The secret to real and lasting beauty is right here in this text. It’s like gold so hang on to it. The words translated “adorn” and “modest” in this text mean “orderly, well-arranged, decent” and speak of “harmonious arrangement.” Again, Nancy Leigh DeMoss reminds us that “the outward appearance of the Christian woman is to reflect a heart that is simple, pure, and well-ordered; her clothing and hairstyles should not be distracting or draw attention to herself by being extravagant, extreme, or indecent. In this way, she reflects the true condition of her heart and her relationship with the Lord, and she makes the Gospel attractive to the world.”
Friend, as we close this session on beauty, you and I both need to examine our hearts once more. If you think you already have, look again. We hold a huge responsibility to make the Gospel attractive to the world by our appearance coupled with spirits that are gentle and quiet. We are in a battle in the fight for our marriages and we should be the most beautiful woman in our husband’s eyes. Dare to ask him for a truthful opinion and be ready to work hard. If it doesn’t come natural, ask a godly friend to help you pick out some new clothing or jewelry. Better yet, if God has placed a woman in your life who proclaims to be a Christian and is dressing immodestly, it is your obligation to love her enough to help her to see her sin. And for all of you single women out there, you aren’t exempt from this either. In fact, your duties press a little deeper because you are a representation of Christ to your Christian brothers. You can either make it or break it and, quite honestly, we want you to be a safe place for our husband’s eyes to be.
This might mean some life-altering stuff here. If you are trying to squeeze yourself into those jeans that don’t really fit just to say you are a “certain size”, you may need to go a size up because they are probably too tight and too revealing. If you need to throw away those tops that are too low or those skirts that are too short, do it fast so that you don’t try and get away with wearing them “just one more time.” We really need to take extreme measures here because the world is watching. The most beautiful women I know are well over 50 and they are NOT wearing tight jeans and a tight shirt with their cleavage hanging out. They radiate Christ because of the fact that they dress stylishly modest. Their faces are glowing and there is just something about them…Get to know these women, hang out with them and let their influence teach you more about reflecting Jesus. Now that is beautiful.
Ladies, the battle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities of this dark world. Go out and fight. You’ll be glad you did.