1 Timothy 2:9 – In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Modesty begins in the heart, teen girl. Before salvation, I didn’t care about modesty or covering my body. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I dressed to be attractive to boys. I’m sure that I’m no different than you. However, once I was saved, the first thing that I did was to cover up my body. No one told me I had to do it – I didn’t read about it in the Bible (yet). I believe the Holy Spirit of God put it in my heart as He began to teach me and mold me into the image of Christ.
What about you, teen girl? First of all, are you truly saved? If you are, then your conscience will gnaw at you when you aren’t dressing properly. You can gauge your modesty by how rebellious you are toward your parents when they tell you that what you are wearing isn’t “appropriate.”
The Bible says that once you are saved, you are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The word “temple” merely means, a house. Your body now “houses” the Holy Spirit and your body should reflect it.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
So just how should a saved teen girl dress?
1 Timothy 2:9-10 – In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
Do you truly want to dress for the Lord and please Him? If so, here are some guidelines to follow as you go through your wardrobe. Try on your clothing and stand in front of the mirror. Then check for:
Top Half: Can you see through your tops – does your bra show through? If it does, or if you can see even the faintest outline of a bra, it’s too much. How about the neckline? If you bend over from the waist, can you see your breasts at all? Even if it’s just a little cleavage – it’s too much. All boys are attracted to girls who wear tops that show off their cleavage. A godly Christian boy doesn’t want to look at a girls’s cleavage – he wants to be a godly Christian young man. So wearing clothing like this is quite a temptation for him! Why would a Christian teen girl tempt a young man in this way and cause him to sin? God’s word says in Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Bottom Half: The shortest your skirts should be is mid-calf so that when you sit down, your skirt doesn’t reveal your knees. Modest apparel should not include shorts as they reveal the thighs. No one but a woman’s husband should see her thighs. Avoid skirts that are tight around your backside. If an article of clothing highlights any curves, it is too tight. Pants reveal a girl’s backside as well as her crotch area. These are areas that should not be displayed because a boy/man’s eyes are attracted to those areas. That is why dresses and skirts are more modest apparel. So look at yourself in a skirt – turn around in front of the mirror and see if you can see the outline of your backside. If you can, that skirt is not modest. However, if your skirt hangs from the top of your backside and no curves are visible – you have yourself a modest skirt! 🙂
Overall Appearance – Do not show any part of your skin that the world loves to show. Just look at a magazine and you will see what the world loves: breasts, backs (backless dresses), thighs, stomachs, low necklines. The world also loves clothing that has writing on it, like t-shirts with writing across the chest. That just causes a man to read the writing and to look at your breast area. Some ladies’ tops show the stomach area. These tops are out of the question for a Christian teen girl.
Yes, this post is a bit blunt and in your face. However, too many Christian teen girls are dressing like the world. It’s hard to tell the difference sometimes. This is not what God’s word tells girls and women to do. We are exhorted to dress modestly. When our hearts and tuned into God’s word and our goal is to please Him and be more like Christ, posts like this one won’t offend but will encourage to be modest for Him!
If taking clothes off attracts a worldly boy/man, why would you want to attract him? Wouldn’t you rather attract a boy/man that will love you for you? That kind of love will last forever. But once you have given birth to 3-4 children, that cute body will not be so cute anymore. Save yourself for the man that God has designed just for you. You will be glad that you did! 🙂