The Dignified Wife, Day 21
There are so many different definitions of modesty out there. Some are extreme to the point of absurdity – like putting a table cloth on the table so the men don’t see the table legs and think of a woman immodestly. (Yes, it really is a thought that has been out there before.) Some are extreme in the other way – like wearing something outside of your home that’s less than your normal underwear will cover. I won’t get into what should or shouldn’t be worn because frankly, we could be here debating all day. I will say this – the godly wife is always dignified in what she wears. She doesn’t draw unwanted attention to herself, but she also does enjoy looking nice for her husband and feels confident in wearing beautiful attire out in public.
Proverbs 31:25 says, “She is clothed in strength and dignity.”
What she wears reflects her character and where her heart is.
A godly woman is a strong woman because she will make choices that go against the world’s standards of what fashion should be in favor of something that covers her skin a little more. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
A godly woman is also a woman confident in wearing beautiful clothing and accessories because she knows she is in Christ. She is created to be beautiful. It is not the clothing that makes her beautiful . God in her makes her shine, but she also can wear beautiful things for the glory of God. She carries herself in a way that emphasizes modesty and discretion but also loveliness, beauty, and elegance. Psalm 45:11, 13 says, “Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord… All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.”
A godly woman respects herself and her husband enough not to draw unwanted attention to herself by wearing something too skimpy or over-sexualized, and makes appropriate clothing choices that she can feel good about. 1 Timothy 2:9 says, “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control…”
A godly woman is held in distinction because of her decision to glorify God and to honor her husband through her appearance which is so counter-cultural. Proverbs 31:30 says, “…a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
The most important piece of her wardrobe is her godly character – equipped by God’s strength and accentuated with God’s honor. Isaiah 61:10 says, “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
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What are your thoughts about beauty and modesty and dressing for your husband? How do you reconcile the often overspiritualized beauty in the church with the oversexualized beauty of the world in your own life?
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