Modesty – Abbey Cooler (Guest Post)

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Seminary was a grand time. I loved the relationships God allowed me to build during those 3.5 years. It is neat now to see how God is using so many of those friends around the country and in the world for His glory.

Abbey Cooler is one of them.  We had many classes together in the education ministries at Southeastern.  She is now a wife and mom and writer in Georgia.  one thing I love about Abbey is her strength in the Word to guide her daily tasks and how she looks at her world. 

A few weeks back, she posted this helpful bullet list (really to help you on your own study on modesty.  I thought it would be an encouragement to you – especially those who are parents or those who work with girls or women – since this struggle with the flesh will continue until we stand in front of Jesus.

Press on in godliness.

What the WORLD says about beauty and modesty:
You have to be a certain size
You have to wear a certain type of clothes

It is ok to wear tight, short or skimpy
Dress older when you are younger
Dress younger when you are older

What the Bible says about modesty:

Modesty: the need to cover our bodies. Characterized by reserve and freedom from excess

Modesty in the Old Testament
Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21)
Noah (Genesis 9:21-25)
Isaiah (Isaiah 3:16)
Hosea (Hosea 2:5)

Modesty in the New Testament
Paul talks about modesty ( 1 Corinthians 12:23, 1 Timothy 2:9)
Proper dress of believers
Regulated by relationship with Christ

1 Corinthians
Body is Temple of God
Your responsibility
What you are internally is shown externally

How can I look “cool” and still be modest:
Wear your own size.

You are at the point in your life when you are growing or getting ready for a growth spurt

It is ok, if you have to go up a size. You look better if your clothes fit (KD note: What Not to Wear hosts say this all the time, so even fashion experts agree with Abbey)

Don’t compare yourself to others

Find your own style

Wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable

Remember you are God’s workmanship