Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Well dressed

Whether your tastes run to traditional, or you are interested in the latest trends, you probably pay a pretty good bit of attention to what you wear when you are "out and about."

What should I wear today? You may ask yourself as you get ready for whatever your day has in store for you. 
There are some things that we as Christian women should definitely include in our wardrobe. I thought as a conclusion to our studies in Proverbs 31, that we could look at some of these things that will make us "well dressed."
You didn't know you'd find fashion tips in the Bible, did you? (Grin)

1. First on the list, and most important, is a smile! We have every reason to be happy -- we have, according to John 16:22, "hope above all hope" and we need to remember to smile. If others see us wearing unhappy faces, they probably won't be interested in serving our Lord! We have joy in our hearts and we can share it - so we need to wear a smile.

2. A gentle, quiet spirit is next on our list of what to wear. I Peter 3:3-4 is our fashion tip for this one. Does this mean we must be silent? No!  A gentle spirit is one that is "moderate in action, not harsh or severe" according to the dictionary. We can show compassion, understanding, and sympathy for others, and our spirit will draw them to our Father.

3. We should also wear some inner peace. This tip comes from Romans 5:1. Remember how the Spirit-filled woman of Proverbs 31 relied completely on God for her strength?  He gives us strength and peace as we face our life; if we face obstacles or persecution, or if we are on a mountain-high experience, He has said He will be with us.

4. Next on the list - contentment. This fashion tip is from Hebrews 13:5, and encourages us to avoid the single-minded pursuit of wealth. There is not much that is worse to see on a Christian, than a jealous spirit. We might not have the "latest and greatest" when it comes to electronic toys or designer clothing, but when we count our blessings we will see that we are truly wealthy!

5. We should make sure that we wear confidence, too. But not a puffed-up self confidence; we need to show off a faith in Christ alone. We can do all things through Him Who strengthens us, right? (Philippians 4:13) And don't forget the many times that David proclaimed God to be a refuge and strength, and a very present help in troubled times! (Psalm 46:1)

6. Lastly, here is a fashion tip from the book of Matthew: kindness. (Matthew 7:2) We need to be careful to treat others kindly, gently, and with compassion, considering the feelings of others to be truly important. How would we feel if we were in their shoes?

There are other "fashion tips" for Christian women in the Word . . . we've only covered a few here. It's just as important to be a well-dressed Christian in the way we think and act, as in the clothing that we select before we go out. Perhaps you have another verse that you would like to add, in the comments, that addresses this topic?


Belinda said...

I read this early this morning when I couldn't sleep. I found this verse later.

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

This may not be what you were looking for, but it's what jumped out at me.

Austin Towers said...

What is in the heart will come out eventually I think. The inner wardrobe you have listed can only be achieved by dressing the heart first. Am I being a bit overly complicated? lol But you are so right, these are the most important fashion items! :) x

Doniene said...

Wonderful thoughts! I've been lax in reading/commenting on your blog - but am looking forward to resuming the study - what ever you choose!