Friday, November 27, 2015

Modesty and Neatness Over Elegance and Fashion

Oh, how I love the preachers of old who were not afraid of the culture they lived in and spoke the Gospel plainly and unashamedly. They were not afraid of the feminists and women leaving their church in droves because they spoke the Truth of Scripture. They didn't water it down; making it lukewarm to make sure those listening were comfortable in the way they were living. No! They wrote boldly and fearlessly; fearing God rather than man {or woman}! I came across this great commentary by Matthew Henry ~

Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Good works are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, of great price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted in garments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if the professors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity in dress. 

They should spend more time and money in relieving the sick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and their children. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank in life, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These are not trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments for professors of godliness are good works.

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price 
{1 Peter 3:3, 4}.

When trying to figure out what picture to use for this post, I decided to use one of Nancy Campbell who has raised ten godly offspring with a godly husband. She has been ministering to women for over 27 years teaching them in the ways of the Lord. She began her free magazine in a response to feminism to encourage women in their high calling of having as many children as the Lord blesses them with while being a keeper at home. She lives simply and dresses modestly and neatly. She is a great role model for us!

We must not spend loads of money on our clothing since Scripture does forbid it. We should be known more for our good works than how we dress! Our clothing should be modest, clean and neat, not showy or always having to be in fashion. Women today spend way too much time and money on how they dress and look, instead of the good works they are called to do, including being the best help meet to their husband they can be and caring for their children and home. Look into women's closets and makeup drawers; many will attest to where they are spending their money. We must not get caught up in this culture's craze to stay beautiful, fashionable and perpetually young, but instead spend more time working on acquiring a quiet and meek spirit which is precious to God.

A young woman's "good works" are clearly listed in Titus 2:3-5 and older woman's "good works" are as follows: if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work {1 Timothy 5:10}.

Now that you clearly understand what the Bible teaches young and older women, get to work living a life that is pleasing to the Lord, instead of trying to fit into the stressful and expensive societal mold of our culture that is on the broad road to destruction!