Titus 2:5 To be discreet (sober), chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
It’s interesting that the word chaste here also refers to the church (bride of Christ), see below.
2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
What? We’re suppose to represent the church??? What more of a calling can there be? How much more worth can be said of a woman of any “career?”
What kind of achievement would your husband and all your friends say of you if you were to hold the office of the President of the United States of America?
Being the Bride of Jesus Christ is the highest office in the universe! Do we think of our calling, women, of that magnitude?? How much time do we spend preparing for this career? Are we busy learning this curriculum? Is it emphasized at school, in college in the training of career bound woman? Or is it being undermined? Who is going to teach our next generation of women what GOD thinks is chaste?
So, what does it mean to be chaste anyway? Peter describes this as it applies to the role of wives well in I Peter 3:1-6
1 Peter 3:1-6:
1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conduct of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conduct coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden person of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6. Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
In our home with our girls, a huge part of teaching the girls was teaching them that the emphasis should be on the inside rather than the outward appearance. This is totally against the dictates of society.
If you don’t have the latest fashion in dress (and let’s face it ladies, the fashion of the day is made to allure men), hair, nails, makeup, jewelry, etc., you are sometimes thought of as wierd and even at times unworthy of friendship.
And yes, at times the girls felt that rejection. But with the proper constant reassurance of a wise mother and the constant reiteration to her children that if a woman treats and loves someone else with respect and love, it is by far being the greatest beauty that can be had – it can be taught!
This is difficult to do, as children are told again and again through television, radio, music, magazines, and their peers that focusing on self IS the most important part of being a woman of worth. Satan is truly the “prince of the power of the air” Eph 2:2 This is Satan’s world!
Ladies, we are called to “come out of her my people, that you receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4
I Peter 3:4 “even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
What is meek about “look at me? See what I’m wearing today? Am I gorgeous or not? How much cleavage should I show? How about the newest bare back dress; isn’t it awesome?” Now what does that do to the fellow behind you at church services, staring at a bare back in the middle of the sermon? Make no mistake, he IS noticing. And he isn’t thinking about the sermon. Charity “1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.”
Our culture is straying away from God’s Word when more of our time is spent reading the latest fashion magazine or watching what the stars are wearing on the red carpet as opposed to how much time with spend looking into the word of God to see what we need to wear inwardly. Something has gone seriously wrong!
It is up to us ladies. We can be the women God intended for us to be (her worth is far above rubies Psa 31:10) and reap the benefits of the blessings and joy that God has intended for us. Don’t let the world and Satan steal our joy by keeping our eyes off God’s Word, possibly putting a stumblingblock to our brothers in the faith (that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way Rom 14:13).
Don’t let Satan take away the beauty of the meek and gentle spirit. Making ourselves the center of attention is not meek ladies. We should have a humble attitude. Let’s also remember to teach our children to be chaste!
Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised! ~ Proverbs 31: 30
FOR TODAY: When we go to our closets to get dressed in the morning, ladies, let’s remember what we need to put on spiritually, that what we put on will show outwardly what our spirit is inwardly, the focus of a meek and gentle spirit. Let’s not dress to draw attention to ourselves that may even put a stumblingblock in your brothers way, but let’s put on the meek and gentle spirit, which to God is of great price!
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