Why Modesty is Still Important in the 21st Century
Modesty doesn’t start with your clothes or how much skin you show.
Modesty must start in the heart.
It must be something you want to do because you understand the importance behind it.
“She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 3:15
It’s the truth! You are far more precious and more beautiful than rubies.
The world says you have to look and dress a certain way to be beautiful, but that’s simply not true. God made YOU precious and beautiful, not your clothes, YOU!
Everything about you is precious to Him.
I heard a quote years ago that has always stuck with me. It said, “If Jesus sat next to you right now, would you feel comfortable or embarrassed with what you are wearing?”
Here’s how I look at it, when my husband and I go out to eat, how would I want the woman next to us to dress? With everything showing? No, sometimes we women feel like we aren’t measuring up when we know (or feel like) the man we are with is more interested in someone else just because she is being immodest.
So when you dress modestly, you’re not only respecting other wives and their husbands, you’re also respecting your husband and yourself.
Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:11-12
Dressing modestly isn’t just about knowing you’re beautiful, it’s also about respecting your husband.
Example, if you are faithfully married and you are always dressing in very revealing clothes, don’t you think your husband would be concerned how other men view you? He would probably either become more protective of you or wouldn’t trust you.
Respect for your husband, by dressing modestly, gives him peace of mind that you aren’t eye candy for every other man out there. He can place his trust fully in you; he can see you love him and that you care about how he feels.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
God is telling us that we may see the outward appearance of people, but God sees our hearts.
And our hearts are so much more valuable than our appearance.
Your worth isn’t found in your looks or the clothes you wear, your worth is found in God.
And whose opinion is higher than God’s?
Pastor Jarrid Wilson states on the matter of modesty, “The honest truth is that both men and women must seek to dress modestly while also practicing self-control. We must realize our duty to break free from what culture calls normal. We must raise the bar for righteous living and paint a new standard—one that isn’t telling the next generation of men and women that they need to follow the ideals of our culture in order to find worth in this world.”
Modesty isn’t just about helping men not give into temptation; it’s also about respecting yourself enough to know your beauty is found within, not in what your body looks like.
And the man who can see the beauty that is inside you, is a man who is worthy of your time and energy.