Thursday, May 15, 2008

What happened to MODESTY?

Modesty seems to have gone down the drain. The world wants to keep up with the Jones, and people use the credit card to indulge in whatever they want, not what they need.

The modern attitude, behavior and lifestyle has become far from modest. The younger generation has a language of its own, which could be more respectful of others. Many don't know what the word "modesty" means.

But what about the "Christians"? Are they walking after the ways of this world? Are the church leaders teaching the word of God, concerning modesty? Are they and their families living examples to be followed? Many Christian women could have more material to their dresses, blouses or skirts. Is there anybody correcting them?

Indeed, no sinner can acquire God's requirements to live in modesty.

Modesty in the born-again Christian life is holiness, symplicity, humbleness, moderate, propriety in dress, speech and conduct.

Modesty is certainly attainable, through the working of the Holy Spirit, in the life of the follower of Christ. It all depends on one's relationship with God. If God's word teaches us how His children should conduct themselves and live, then we will be able to reach what is expected from us, by applying The Scripture to our heart and life.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5

"Be Holy for I am Holy"

Modesty in character.

Matthew 6:17,18 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

John 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

1 Peter 1:15 But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Modesty in Apparel

Dressing to please God and to reflect His glory means wearing clothes which draws respect instead of attention from the opposite sex in such a way as to make them lust.

1 Thess 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Modesty in Life

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:

Philippians 2:6 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Remember the Brethren who have needs, suffering for Christ's sake, living in war zones or disaster areas, and those who are without income etc. Therefore, living in modesty means not indulging in excessive luxury, food and all that which the flesh desires.

Modesty in general is living a simple life, pleasing unto God which does not offend others (but may offend haters of God's Truth). Christians must walk well pleasing unto the Lord, which includes living modest in word and deed.

In the service of God and for His glory,

Minister Dr. Trudy Veerman


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