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“WHAT HAS DRESSING GOT TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY – 3”

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 15:10-20
MEMORY VERSE:
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” – Matthew: 15:19
What matters, my dressing or my heart?  To some people, dressing does not matter since what is within a man defiles him or her than what is worn. Therefore, if our hearts do not condemn us, we approach the throne of grace with confidence. After all God looks at the heart of man not his outward appearance (1Samuel 16:7).
Even though the above reasons seem justifiable, nevertheless, “the source of modesty is in a person’s heart or inner character…, modesty is the outward manifestation of an inward purity” (D. C. Stamps).
As social beings, we are judged by our fellow men not based on what is inside but by what is physically perceived about us. Out of the abundance of the heart emerge both good and evil intentions and actions. In effect, our dressing does not come as a result of impulsiveness or accident but purposeful and well analyzed mental activities. It is therefore unacceptable for Christians to dress anyhow with the fallacy that what one wears does not matter.
The confused world wants an alternative. The beauty of Jesus Christ should be reflected in our dressing and character. We are to be an example to others in speech, life, love, faith, purity including dressing. Furthermore, our decent and modest dressing shows our Christian maturity since the immature out of selfish motive carelessly lead others into temptation by their improper conducts or outfits.
FOR MEDITATION
Does not my heart condemn me for dressing indecently?
PRAYER
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, all His wondrous compassion and purity, oh thou Spirit Divine on my nature refine till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. Amen.
THOUGHT
Beauty is adorned when covered.
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