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Modesty: You Still Don’t Get it, Do You?

It’s interesting to me how most Christians still don’t understand what modesty is all about. In fact, I’ve known some older Christian women – and men – who dress pretty “immodestly” (even at worship)!

If someone said, “I saw a woman who was dressed very immodestly,” most of us would assume that woman was wearing clothing that was – in some way – sexually provocative. While showing too much skin or wearing clothes that are too tight is certainly immodest, we fail to recognize that clothing can be immodest without being sexually provocative.

1 Timothy 2:9-10 (ESV) says,

women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

The word translated, “modesty” here is defined by Strong’s as, “a sense of shame or honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect.”

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