Oftentimes, discussions on modesty turn to negativity and become a choice between the do’s and don’ts of dressing and actions. It can often become discouraging, leading to demoralizing thoughts and the idea that the female body is something to be ashamed of and hidden away. However, here are five beautiful scripture passages that will not only encourage your daughter to dress and act modestly, but also give her courage and self-esteem in leading the way for modesty in society.
1. Surely you know that your bodies are the shrines of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you.
What a beautiful thought – to think of oneself as a shrine, a temple. Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world are temples and churches, kept clean and pristine. Just as these buildings are respected and cherished, so too should our bodies be cherished. Moreover, He paid a great price for us and so we should glorify God by making our bodies the shrines of his presence. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
2. Your beauty must lie in the hidden features of your hearts.
It’s not about how we look – the clothes we wear, the makeup we put on, the hairdo we have. Rather, it’s about our heart, our soul. Christ died to save our soul; He did it because He loved us. Eventually, we will lose our bodies to age (from dust we came and to dust we shall return). However, if we take care of our souls first and foremost, putting our energy into making our souls beautiful, we will never lose it. This beauty does not grow old, nor die, and is priceless before God’s eyes. (1 Peter 3:3-5)
3. No, we are his design; God has created us in Christ Jesus.
We are God’s handiwork. Each body is unique and special, given to each person as a gift from God. We should cherish that specialness and maintain its uniqueness. By following the crowd in dressing with immodest trendy clothes, we are not only telling the world we are not unique, but we are telling God that His gift to us doesn’t matter. (Ephesians 2:10)
4. You must not fall in with the manners of this world; there must be inward change.
Just as our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, so too should we offer up our bodies as a living sacrifice to God worthy of his acceptance. Trends come and go. Sexual attraction is fleeting, but how we treat our bodies lasts for an eternity. Moreover, what is in our hearts is everlasting. Instead of looking to doing the will of the world, we should be looking to doing God’s will – the good thing, the desirable thing, the perfect thing. (Romans 12:1-3)
5. See how the wild lilies grow; they do not toil or spin.
We should never be anxious over our clothing, Jesus tells us through Saint Matthew. What we wear is so inconsequential to what is in our hearts. The world puts more stock into how we look and what we wear, but those things have no bearing on the eternal. Our Father in Heaven looks on our soul as beautiful. As much as we focus with adorning our bodies with the trendiest fashions no matter how immodest, we should instead be adorning our souls with virtue and good deeds. (Matthew 6:28)