Modesty in an Immodest World

“…women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control… with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works” (1 Tim 2:8-10).

“…respectful and pure conduct… let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit… this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves…” (1 Pet 3:1-6).

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality…” (Gal 5:16-21).

The Vocabulary Our Heavenly Father Has Given His Children

  • Modest: well-arranged, orderly, decent.
  • Shamefacedness: a sense of shame, a reverence that restrains one from a shameful act.
  • Sobriety: soundness of mind, self-control, good sense.
  • Chaste: pure from fault or self-centered carnality.
  • A gentle and quiet spirit: meek, causing no danger or harmful disturbance to others.
  • Lewdness: that which excites or stirs up lustful thoughts within another.
  • Lasciviousness: lustful or indecent bodily movements; the unchaste handling of others.
  • Holy: separated from the filthy and dedicated to walking in the will of God.
  • Godliness: to be like God in our character, choices, and actions.

The Principles Our Heavenly Father Is Teaching His Children

  • The exposing of our “unpresentable parts” is shameful (1 Cor 12:23-24).
  • Walking in or promoting sensuality is improper (Rom 13:11-14).
  • We must not be afraid or ashamed to be distinctive (1 Pet 1:13-16).
  • Our influence on the hearts of others must not be taken for granted (1 Pet 2:11-12).
  • Modesty is first and foremost an attitude (Prov 4:23).

This sermon was delivered on May 26, 2013.

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Dene Ward’s excellent article referenced in this sermon is available here.

About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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