“I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works” (1Tim 2:8-10)
We are called to ‘work out our salvation with fear and trembling’ (Phil 2:12). A true believer is to allow the deep internal work of the Holy Spirit to radiate in her speech, her general attitude and her body language. This visible change that has its roots deep in her spirit and it is to be seen even in the choice of clothes. The claim of invisible godliness should be wrapped in an appropriate style of dressing that complements it and not clashes with it.
For example, no man should have any difficulty in making an instant decision about my person. I should not make it hard for anyone to know my identity. There should be no clash between my speech and my appearance. I should not cause confusion between my claim of spirituality and my choice of fashion style. I should avoid any appearance of evil, deception or hypocrisy. If I desire to be a woman of God, then I should pray for wisdom on how to be one. The Holy Spirit shall be my teacher in all things; in my speech, my posture among friends and enemies, in my behavior at home and outside; even in my choice of clothes. It is true that God sees my heart but people cannot see it. I have to help others. I should dress ‘to match’. I am not speaking of colors or fabrics but there must be harmony between my spirit and my appearance. My flesh must submit under the control of the Spirit. If not, I am still under the curse of Eve who became a foolish woman and a deceived wife, in the midst of a wonderful garden of blessings. God forbid!
I am not here to prescribe a particular style of fashion. Different people like different things. My background, my culture and yours is not the same. I am not saying that we should all dress with uniforms. That is not freedom but legalism. There shall be no law in the design of dresses. But each one of us we need to pray and ask God for a fashion style that best suits, not our flesh, but the Spirit. Our dresses should complement and confirm our testimony and not ignore or clash with it.
This is a simple test: If you have not changed the way you dress from the time you were an unbeliever, to the time you became a religious hypocrite, and even until now, when you claim to be a true believer, then something is wrong!!! Selah!!!
In Christ I declare:
I am a virtuous woman of God!
I am a servant and an ambassador of Christ!
My words, my choices and my general appearance are in harmony!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name