Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We are continuing this week with 1 Timothy 2:9-10.
9 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 10 but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.
Is modesty all about the way we dress, or is it more? In this lesson we learn that modesty is also a matter of the heart. Nancy says that "A woman's greatest loveliness comes through a modest heart; and a modest heart expresses itself in modest behavior, modest dress, modest reactions, and modest attitudes."
I don't believe I have a problem with dressing modestly. But, maybe I have become too accustomed to the way some people talk about things in mixed company. It says in this lesson, a modest woman knows how to blush and is embarrassed by such talk. I don't think that's always true for me. Maybe I don't get embarrassed enough by some of this talk. I need to work on being more reserved.
The next part is on self control. Y'all, they wrote this section just for me, lol! Nancy's talking about all kinds of self control. Can I hold my tongue? I'm working on this one now. Some days are so hard and I still fail at this, but I hope with practice, it'll be easier. Do I say everything that comes to mind? Usually I do, but, again I am trying to hold those thoughts captive in my head. That can be tough, but I'm trying.
She also talks about self control in relation to diet and exercise. That's another problem area for me. I'm extremely overweight. One area I definitely need to improve on is exercise, since I'm not doing any right now. I also could eat a little less and not eat ice cream. These things sound kinda easy right now, but for me, they are not.
Another thing she mentions is having self control over our schedules. I don't have this either. I don't plan and am always late for everything. This doesn't make anything any easier! I told you this lesson was all about me!
The last part of today's lesson focuses on reflecting God's glory. Nancy says the apostle is trying to tell us to “Clothe yourselves in a way that is becoming, fitting for your profession of godliness.” What is godliness? Being like God. You see, we’re giving the world an impression of God.
The scripture probably isn't saying you can't fix your hair for church or that you shouldn't dress nicely. It's saying your most important reason for coming should be to worship Jesus, not to be noticed. Because, if you think of it, most of the time people dress a certain way they are trying to impress someone. You can't impress Him by the way you look on the outside only by your heart.
If you want to read what other ladies thought of this weeks lesson go to Valley Girl. I am really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts on our studies. These ladies have been very encouraging to me!