Modesty and self-control

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 1 Timothy 2:8-10

Paul has instructions for both men and women in today’s verses. Times have changed; today he could have flipped the self control and modesty. Still even today it seems men have the most problems with self-control while women need to be aware of modesty.

We guys can let small things raise our anger and we can start to quarrel over the most trivial things. Anger however can interfere with our prayer life. It is hard to concentrate on God when we are thinking about what the guy next to us said about our team. We need to put these things aside so we can concentrate on God.

Ladies, always dress modestly. When you wear revealing clothing you will cause men to lose our concentration and think sinful thoughts. We are weak that way. You should dress this way not only in church but at all times. In this respect I am blessed both my wife and our two daughters always dress modestly. Now here is an important point, modest dress does not mean dowdy dress. The women in my life dress attractively but modestly.

Now today, men we too need to dress modestly. Keep your pants up, the rest of us do not care to see your boxers. In church dress in a way that honors God not like you are going out to do yard work. That doesn’t mean a suit and tie but nice. And ladies, you too need to not hold onto anger or be quarrelsome. All of us need to not let the sun go down on our anger.

We are representatives of Christ. We need to dress and act accordingly.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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