What is Modesty?

by Pastor Lee Roberson (1909-2007)

1st Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”


1st Timothy 2:9, “In 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.”


Proverb 6:26,  “For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.


Proverb 7:10, “And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.”


Matthew 5:28, “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”


Romans 8:6, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”


Romans 13:13, “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”


1st Corinthians 5:11, “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”

       Also read Proverbs 31:25-31.

I remind you of something in Genesis 39:9, that Joseph, enticed by a wicked woman, did not answer, “I'm afraid I might get caught.” Instead he said, “I cannot sin against God.” This matter of your life, your action, your appearance are either for God or against God; for righteousness or against righteousness; for good or for evil.

We come to the text: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” “ . . . whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” That little text is big enough for everything you want to say, big enough for any message to Christians anywhere. “ . . . whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything, everything to the glory of God.

What is modesty? Webster says the following:

“Modesty is behaving according to a standard of what is proper or decorous or decent, pure, now especially not displaying one's body.”

Modesty concerns behavior. Behavior concerns dress, speech and actions.

The Christian is to be modest. He is to do all to the glory of God—men and women, young and old alike. The Christian is to so live that Christ will be seen in him. This concerns every bit of his life—Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; business, social life, school life—whatever it may be.

SOURCE: Disturbing Questions... SOLID ANSWERS, by Dr. Lee Roberson; pages 21-22; Sword of the Lord Publishers,1978; ISBN: 0-87398-161-8

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
—2nd Thessalonians 1:8

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