Yes, I absolutely realize the definition of modest attire can be subjective, but only to a point. There is no harm is striving to be feminine, womanly, pleasant, neat, orderly, clean, beautiful, colorful, etc. We should certainly strive to please our husbands in our appearance.
However, we can go too far. There is a point when describing oneself as modest just simply no longer applies. We can go beyond a “grey area” of things just being “subjective”.
One other point…….When we see someone doing walking away from modesty, shall we encourage them in this sin? It is tempting to do so as it seems we can justify our own desires to do the same things! God forbid! Should we not try to gently help them back along a narrow path?!
I know it is likely someone may remind me it is more important to be modest of the heart. Yes, that is true. But your attire reflects your inner heart. One’s heart IS more important! But I highly doubt one with a truly modest and humble heart will even want to partake in the attire that belongs to a harlot.
I realize also many may even go as far to find this judgmental. People tend to jump on that bandwagon with this particular topic. I hope and pray not, as it is not the spirit in which it is intended.
I have many times been tempted to fall into the vanity of the world and slowly loosen the standards of Biblical modesty. Often I have argued the point of it all being “subjective” or “grey areas” with room for personal liberty. But if I get really honest with myself, it is merely vanity and pride trying to crepe in.
I encourage all sisters to study on biblical nakedness. It is the Bible where we must get our definitions. Define modesty by the standards the Word sets, not the world. The world is so far from Bible standards it should be an easy enough task. Then you will not have to worry so much about it being a “subjective” term. You do have some liberty in how you dress.
Just be sure you are modest and chaste as you are scripturally required to be as a believer in Christ.
If you find you have indeed strayed from the Bible’s definition of modesty, then repent of it, and determine to walk a narrow path in humility. May we walk that path together and help one another along it daily.
I Timothy 2
9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.