Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Maintain Your Femininity

When Paul wrote I Corinthians 11, he was writing to women about femininity. Women who were feminine understood their submission to their husbands, the authority their husbands held, and wore their hair long and veils as a symbol of their femininity. When feminism reared its ugly head, women protested submission and authority by tearing off their veils and shaving their heads.

The culture's way of defining femininity in that time was long hair and veils. There was a divine distinction between men and women. We must honor our culture's distinction and show society around us that we are different than the feminists and honor submission and authority.

What is the distinction between men and women today? I honestly don't know. I am beginning to understand why there are many women convicted of wearing their hair long and dresses. They want society to know they are different. They hold to a different set of rules than the world around them. They want God's order manifested in the church for the glory of God.

So how can we maintain our femininity if we can't grow our hair long, our husbands don't like our hair long, or we don't like wearing dresses all the time? For one thing, we can seek to have a meek and quiet spirit which is so precious to God. We can be submissive to our husbands and allow them to be the leaders in the home.

Concerning our outward appearance, we can do all we can to look feminine. Wear feminine clothes and a little makeup. Wear your hair in a soft, feminine way. Wear dresses whenever you can like when you go to church and maybe when you go out with your husband. Learn to speak softly and not get into arguments. I love watching Downton Abbey and Hallmark's When Calls The Heart. All of the women on these two shows wear feminine clothing {dresses} and they are beautiful!

What are some ways you try and keep your femininity?  Yes, the lines have definitely been blurred in today's society. It seems the only difference between men and women today is women wear their shirts and pants much tighter than men. That is the only difference I could really think of. It is kind of sad, really.

But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: 
for her hair is given her for a covering.  
I Corinthians 11:15

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves 
in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety.
I Timothy 2:9

***HERE is a blog of a 20 year old woman who teaches other young women 
how to dress modestly but look in style.  I even got some great ideas from her!