Womanly Attire ”Unaffected modesty is the sweetest charm of female excellence,the richest gem in the diadem of her honor.”~Webster’s Dictionary 1828
There is much being said in regards to the clothing being worn by women these days on both sides of the spectrum. Here Paul addresses the matter, and gets to the heart of it. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 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; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. I Timothy 2:8-10 Here Paul is writing to Timothy who has remained in Ephesus.
Timothy was a timid man and Paul would write to his son in the faith to encourage him in the ways of the Lord. Here in chapter 2 Paul encourages Timothy in regards to prayer for all men, regardless of who they are or what title they hold in life, for it is a virtuous, beautiful thing to be in prayer for others.
Paul reminds Timothy that prayer should be done in purity, with faith, and without anger, decently and in order according to the ways of our God, for He speaks the truth. The life of a Christian believer should be clothed in prayer. So likewise, or in like manner, should the women be clothed in “modest apparel”.
Just as the believers life should be fully immersed in prayer, a woman dressed in modesty with sobriety, literally taken to mean as “sanity” or "soundness of mind" is beautiful and virtuous in the eyes of the Lord! (And that is who we are seeking to please isn't it?)
- Modest means clean or neat, with no vanity involved, which includes the attitude of the heart as well as the clothing.
- Apparel meant a long flowing robe down to the feet. Just as the believer is to submerge oneself in prayer so to the woman is to adorn herself in modest apparel without vanity keeping in mind the reverence of God in her life.
A godly woman is a servant to her Master Jesus, ready to love and worship and serve Him at all times. Dressing in costly garments with expensive jewelry hinders one from caring for those in need, for our children, for the sick and for the orphans. It is better to clothe ourselves with good works, as devoted servants pleasing to our Lord, for God looks upon our hearts.
As Paul reminded Timothy, pray about these things.
As you study God’s word see what He tells you, and do it.
Go ahead search the scriptures and see what God reveals to you.
originally penned by "Hiz" Ladybug Aug, 2007