Thursday, February 6, 2014

Long Hair and Wearing Dresses

The Bible states that women should have long hair.  "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}  However the verse right after that states, "But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God."  

Therefore, churches don't dictate this so we have freedom whether we wear long hair or not.  My advice to you is to ask your husband.  Most men do love long hair.  If he loves your hair long, wear it long.  Some women have very thin hair and it won't grow long even if they want it to.  Some men like their wives in short hair. This issue should never divide people.  It is a small issue indeed.

Many women are convicted to just wear dresses.  The verse I use to decide how women should dress is I Timothy 2:9, "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array."  

I take modest to mean two things.  We should not dress to show off our bodies or cause men to stumble.  There is no set standard for this so you should ask your husband what he thinks is modest.  He knows how men think.  I just know that the more flesh you reveal, the harder it is for men not to lust.  

Modest also means not expensive.  We shouldn't spend a lot of money on our clothes.  It doesn't mean you shouldn't buy quality clothes, just not a ton of them.  We don't need nearly as many clothes as we have.  I think the Lord would much rather we spend money on others than have stuffed closets full of clothes.

God wants us to be women who honor him in whatever we do.  You honor Him with your hair when you please your husband and obey him.  You honor Him in your dress when you dress modestly and not showy.  

Here is a post that I wrote on How is Biblical Modesty Defined Today?