Thursday, 26 January 2012
I am a Christian woman; the only reason I have not said "godly" is because I feel like I would be bragging on myself if I said that. To be called a godly woman is a great honor, I believe. Anyway, I digress. Lately I have been thinking about modesty and the trials men go through with temptation. I know that both women and men are called to modesty, but for the purposes of this post, I'm just talking about female modesty.
I like to dress attractively, I won't lie. I used to not be so good about buying shirts that didn't show cleavage, but I've never had a problem with short shorts or dresses because I was never comfortable with them to begin with. However, in the past year or two, I've grown more mature, I guess, and I have gotten better at covering up even more.
I like to show my figure, though. I have learned to love my body -- really! -- and I have a desire, a strong one, mind you, for others to see. Mainly men. So I wear things that are flattering. But I can't help feeling that this desire is selfish and sinful. Sure, every women was created to love and to desire love and pursuit, and I don't believe that is wrong in and of itself. But how far is too far? I think about how I look a lot, not particularly because I'm insecure, like I used to be, but mostly because I'm constantly thinking about what men see.
So, please, brothers in Christ, help a girl out. Even wise sisters can help on this. In the desire to be attractive, which I believe all Christian women have, how far is too far?Christian men, how do you respond? How can your Christian sisters help you to not struggle with temptation and desire by the way they dress? Christian women, what are you doing now to be more modest in your attire? Is it alright to want to be seen as attractive?