by Lori Alexander from The Transformed Wife – Arrayed and Acting Like a Harlot
Editor’s note: You know what’s not kind, loving, Christian, helpful or modest? Calling other women harlots or claiming their behavior is selfish. What was that old schoolyard rhyme about calling folks names and it bouncing off to stick to them? Was it not that long ago that Lori was swanning around in shorts that publicly exposing her thighs? That must be one strong glass house she’s living in. How about this? Wear whatever you are comfortable in and let others worry about their attire. You do not get any say over what others wear and when you speak out about it you upset the wearer unnecessarily. It’s okay not to like everything everyone else wears. It’s not okay to be a jerk about it.
From this old commentary, we are given some guidelines about what is considered immodest. Wearing showy, gaudy garments designed to show off and draw attention to ourselves is not being ‘shamefaced’ (1 Timothy 2:9) as we are called to do. The word ‘modest’ not only describes covering up but includes not spending a lot of money on our clothing and not being excessive or extreme in the amount of clothing we own, as many are prone to do today. We need to learn to deny ourselves and not live for what we want but for what God commands.
It’s shameful how packed full most of our closets are with clothing that we never wear. Our time and money shouldn’t be spent at the malls and pouring over the Internet for more clothes to buy; for godliness with contentment is great gain. Let’s not be known for how we dress but for how kind and loving we speak and act instead.
Our clothing must not be too short or too form fitting, as to show off our bodies in order to entice men. Our desire should never be to try to attract attention by the clothes we wear or cause men to stumble and lust after us but to cover up and respect the men in our lives.
Next, the harlot is known for being subtil of heart. “Feigning love to her husband and devotion to her lovers, yet caring for none, only to satisfy her own passions” (Ellicott’s Commentary). She is selfish, self-seeking, and doesn’t care who she hurts in the process. Sadly, many women, even Christian women, don’t care about causing harm to their husbands and children as they divorce their husbands because they aren’t happy, fulfilled, or any other adjective they use to justify their selfish behavior.
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