Good morning my belles,
I decided to do something a little different today. After cruising other blogs finding nominations for the Liebster Award, I also stubble across blogs about modesty. Most look and sound wonderful but others came across as being harsh on females. By calling them nasty things and making them feel like nothing. Some writers statements would also cause many young women to develop low self esteem and body insecurities by pointing out their curves or lack of curves as being sinful or distasteful. Writers' long list of don'ts may cause young women to not want to accept Christ into their life because they feel inadequate to keep all of those rules. I feel that those bloggers and writers who write or believe in that manner are not mean people but fail to understand what the term modesty really is.
Modesty according to most definition is in moderation, simplicity, or a way of behavior or character. I believe the latter gets into the root of the word modesty. Modesty is something that starts as an inside job. Once you give your heart to Christ you want to do whatever you can to be pleasing to God and allow him to change you. You do this by reading the Bible, praying, and listening to word of God. Doing this helps you to have a pure heart and mind. Once this happens you have a better understanding of what God desires and what it word says. For example lets look at this scripture.
This is where most people get their long list of articles of clothing and hair style a woman should not wear.But in reality the writer Paul is telling women not to spend all of their money and time on just looking good but to use it to help benefit someone else. The same can also be said of men and their spending habits but that it is a whole other discussion. So modesty is about having a right attitude or behavior that is not vain in only thinking about oneself. But to have a pure heart that cares about others.
1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV / 187 helpful votes
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
This is another used as a way to say do not braid your hair or wear jewelry but Peter is saying do not let your appearance be your sole focus. But to seek being a good person that is gentle and not mean. A gentle and kind person is more favorable in God's eye sight than any ol' beauty.
So even though modesty may seem like it is only about being covered up it is about focusing more on God. To have a desire to be his representative inside and out. So by keeping one's heart pure we will be able to have a modest appearance that pleases God first and foremost.