1 Timothy 2:9
I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
Modesty is a difficult subject in this day and age, but as a father with 2 young daughters it is a growing concern. I hear many say that it is too difficult to find modest clothes now, and so they give up. Others argue that saying anything about one’s dress is legalism. So what do we say. In regards to legalism it is important to realize that our righteousness is not based upon the way we dress or do not dress. However, doesn’t our dress say something about whether or not their is righteousness within. Afterall, being modest or immodest is not a matter of legalism vs. freedom, but sin vs. a desire to please God. At the heart of the problem of modesty is the ultimate question, am I more concerned about pleasing God or am I more concerned about pleasing myself or others. When it comes to teenagers, this is a real challenge and a difficult thing to see. As teenagers we are so caught up in what others think, trying to come up with our own idenity, and trying to fit in somewhere, this is where the parents must step in and help them realize the importance of how they dress.
Modest: Having a regard for deciencies of behavior or dress; quiet and humble in appearance, style, etc; not displaying one’s body; not boastful or vain; unassuming; virtuous; shy or reserved; chaste.
Biblically: Wanting to display Christ rather than self. Wanting the most noticable thing about us to be the fruit of the spirit.