"As human viceroys and stewards, we have domains to rule. As women we have special responsibility for inner personal spaces..." Barbara Mouser, Five Aspects of Woman
Let's delve deeper into God's plan for us as women and the personal feminine domains we rule. Much of what I am going to say has come from an exceptional bible study entitled The Five Aspects of Woman by Barbara Mouser (I mention it quite a bit because it was foundational for me as a woman).
What is the ultimate purpose of being modest?
We are not modest to just be modest, to wear the "right" clothes, or to be a "good girl." We are to be modest for a much greater purpose. It is all a matter of the heart. If our hearts long to align with the heart of God, then the overflow of that love, devotion, and obedience will transfer into our dress. When that happens, we are gaining victory in a battle - a battle where we as Christian men and women are fighting to be a light and witness to a dying world. Do you see how modesty has everything to do with something greater then ourselves? Do you see how it has everything to do with life and death? It is greater than cute fashions, or the judgments we pass along to others?
We are fighting an enemy that is clever, and is above all a liar and death dealer. Our enemy is not with men and their struggle - they are in the battle full force as well. Our enemy is Satan. As we continue our study of modesty, please keep the battle in mind. We are fighting for our lives, the lives of the men around us, and the world.
Lifegivers - that is what we as women are created to be. We give life in all sorts of ways, one of the ways being how we use our feminine nature. God's plan and destiny has determined our biology. He gave us feminine spirits that He placed in feminine bodies. Our bodies are designed for lifegiving (see one of my previous posts, Are All Women Lifegivers?).
One of our domains to rule is our personal inner spaces - the places that are for God and our husbands only. They are inside, private, protected and guarded. When we open these spaces outside of marriage, it can be devastating to manhood. One of those private places is a woman's bosom. The bosom is known for its comfort and nourishment, but also for its exceptional beauty and intoxicating power. The intoxicating power is not the problem, God gave it to please and exhilarate our husbands. We are not to use this private place to intoxicate other men...other women's husbands.
It empowers me to think of how God created me and the special way in which He took great care to make my body for my husband. I feel a certain exhilaration myself just thinking about it. I am not to entice another man. I don't want my husband to be enticed by another woman, or have to struggle past lustful thoughts because of how she is dressed. More so, women are a sisterhood. We should stand side by side together, honoring one another and protecting our men. It is almost a sacred bond. Because of our sin nature everything gets messed up, but I'm willing to fight the battle...
Let's fight together.