"You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride; you have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace...You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain." Song of Songs 4:9,12
Men are captivated by a woman's body. God made it so.
Song of Solomon is a beautiful and poetic piece of scripture that details the enticement that a woman's body brings to man. We women have something very special, created by God that can be used for good or destruction.
"Purity is one of the greatest ways we give life to men."
Barbara Mouser, Five Aspects of Woman, Lifegiver
Do you know the power you have to build up or tear down? This gal does:
"My sinful, selfish nature like that, so my clothing became more revealing and if flirtation had been an Olympic sport, I'd have earned a gold medal. I spent years causing men to sin in their hearts, and often in their actions, too. I didn't understand the implications of causing others to sin; I didn't know how badly I was hurting myself; I didn't realize all that I was taking away from my future husband. And I had no idea how badly I was breaking God's heart... I tearfully apologized to my husband a few days ago because I suddenly realized just how much should have been his, but I took those things from him. I don't plan to stifle my God-given enthusiastic personality and I still like to look attractive--partly for myself, but also so that my husband finds me attractive and is proud to have me by his side. However, I never want to cause another man to stumble, so now I consider what I wear and how I act, and I have a fresh appreciation and understanding of why modesty is so very important." From Jamie's post, Thoughts About Modesty
Here's the deal, we women have a sacred trust to keep for God. We are to guard and keep our bodies for our husbands (or if single, for the Lord). Modesty in dress is a reflection of the heart, and we must be vigilant in keeping watch over how we present ourselves. I sometimes wonder if women aren't aware of the power they carry in how they dress, or if perhaps they just don't care. Maybe their hearts are hardened by hurts they've encountered so they ignore or even fight against their responsibility to be modest.
But our bodies are not our own.
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
I challenge you to take a "modesty inventory." Go before the Lord and ask Him where you have fallen short in how you dress. Be honest with yourself. Ask a good friend if there are areas in how you dress that could be more modest.
Most importantly, ask Jesus who you are to Him. Let Him give you your identity.
We are His bride, and we are for Him and His glory.
Tomorrow we will tackle some tough questions/arguments when it comes to modesty. I hope you will continue to join me as we go deeper into this journey of becoming modest women.
Day One - Legalism and Audience
Day Two - What is Modesty?
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