Lasciviousness or Lewdness in General Terms
Today’s subject is lewdness and its opposite; modesty.
We often think of modesty and lasciviousness in terms of sexuality, but these things can take many other forms as well.
Lewdness or lascivious sexuality can come out in various ways depending on the person.
Lewdness is the outward manifestation of PRIDE and personal ego.
Some folks seek sexual attention and others get their thrills out of being the “Big Man on Campus,” but the underlying issue is the same: PRIDE and SELF exaltation.
A man flashing his wealth, or position, or claiming great and grand titles, is just as immodest as a lady showing off her breasts or wearing skin tight clothing.
Those who claim to be some great one [only the Father is good], are just as immodest as any lewd person.
Their pride in themselves and the boasting of the self to seek the attention of others, is lewd and immodest before God!
True modesty is that outward manifestation of the inward attitude, we call humility and godly love.
Lewdness is selfish and vain, vaunting the self. It is proud and seeking attention; saying “LOOK AT ME, I am pretty hot stuff” and often using their lewdness to command attention and lead others astray after themselves.
Lewdness is a shallow attempt to flaunt and exalt the personal self before others, and to seek affirmation of perso0nal pride from the attention that such putting forth of the self brings.
Modesty is the opposite of lewdness; for modesty does not exalt the self. Modesty is the outward and inward [attitude] manifestation of humility and love; for charity [love] does not exalt or push forward the self.
1 Corinthians 13:4 . . . . charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own . . . .
The lewd person is bereft of any zeal or love for God and his word, and is all about the self. Full of pride and self approval, which is anathema to God.
Pride and the exalting and putting forward of the self, brings ultimate shame; for God will humble the proud.
God hates the lewdness, the self centeredness and the lasciviousness of pride.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
All of these things are lewdness before the Eternal.
Yet, God loves true humility and meekness as we have previously studied.
Constance writes about modesty below.
Please consider that how we dress and conduct ourselves in public, is a reflection of our attitude towards God, others and about ourselves.
Galatians 5:19-21: Works of the Flesh ~ Lasciviousness
In Genesis 1 and 2, God tells us that He (Elohim-the Mighty Ones) made man and He began the creation of mankind with the first man Adam, and later in the day, He created a woman from Adam’s rib. Just after He made Adam and Eve, He then gave them the mandate to have dominion (rule, authority) over the rest of His earthly creation.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God created Adam first and then gave him time to be the only human kind alive on earth for a while. (Since this all happened on the sixth day it must have only been for a few hours.)
God’s first assigned task for Adam was to have him give names to all the animals. God had created him with the ability of knowing language so when God brought the animals to Adam, he incredibly could give them specific names. And as magnificent and beautiful as these living creatures were, Adam could see that there was not one of them that was like him; and he that was not able to communicate with them on a human level. He could have some companionship with them, but not in a real sense, because the animals were created to be on a different level than humans. He was still lonely. So God created a woman to be a help, a partner and companion that was meet [suitable, adapted, complementary] for Adam.
Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
We know that all of this was planned out ahead of time and that this was part of God’s original plan, but God in His wisdom created them in this order to show that men and women needed each other. When God created Eve and presented her to Adam, he [Adam] knew immediately that she was of his “kind”, only a little different than himself, but he liked that difference! “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh and she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man [or he could have said “me” because he was the man she was taken out of].
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet [suitable, adapted, complementary] for him.
Then God put Adam into a deep sleep and removed one of his ribs, and from it created the first woman, a wife for Adam.
Genesis 2:21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
In the following verses God describes the ways that He designed for a man and woman to come together. They must emotionally separate from the family they came from and bond themselves with one another to become a brand new unit, a new family; and God unashamedly describes the sexual aspect of that coming together by saying that they shall become one flesh. There is only one kind of relationship in which two people are called one. God in His infinite and divine wisdom ordained it to be so; through His sacred ordinance called marriage: between a man and a woman.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
It was God who married the two people that He had just created on that sixth day and He gave them His blessing, telling them that they were to bring forth fruit [children] from their union. The new families that would be formed from their children, would multiply mankind upon the earth.
To this humble small beginning of just two people, God gave a mandate to multiply and to subdue and have dominion over the rest of His creation. They were to have rule over the whole earth, managing it according to His instructions and perfect laws. In essence, He was telling them to dress [tend] it and to keep it, just as He had purposed for them to do with the Garden that God had planted for them to live in and to be their home. The instruction to dress and keep the Garden was now being expanded to have rule and to be good stewards for the maintenance of the whole planet as training in management and beautifying; not just for Adam and his wife Eve, but for their future offspring that would come forth from their union.
Genesis 2:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Then God told this first couple that He would provide them with the food that they would need; and that He also made provision for the rest of His animals. God had created a beautiful home for them and their future children to live in, which was described as a garden. He called it Eden; it was a pleasant place of delight and abundance.
The Hebrew word for Eden is eden, ayden (Strong’s #5730) which means pleasure, delicate, delight, from adan (Strong’s #5727)to be soft or pleasant, to live voluptuously- delight self. (Strong’s Complete Dictionary)
Genesis 2:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 2:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
The creation of mankind, along with the creation of the land animals was on the sixth day of the Creation Week and God looked at all that He had made and behold [hinneh – lo! Behold! See! (a demonstrative particle)] IT WAS VERY GOOD!
Genesis 2:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Of all the animals that God had created, only the man and the woman were created in His image and He created them to be a family. He had given them everything that they could possibly have to make for a blessed, happy and abundant life in the confines of His institution that He had ordained for them called marriage and family.
His design for husband, wife, children, family was originally wholesome and beautiful and was meant to be a delight. God’s plan had a grand divine purpose of producing children of God that were at that time physically created to be in His [Elohim’s] image. The family setting was to provide the backdrop [or environment] to further develop godly character that would enable the offspring to become made into His spiritual image and to become the “spiritual sons of God” by the parent’s teaching and by the parent’s exemplifying of God’s way of life. In this way children could learn even from their earliest years of development how to grow into and to have the mind and righteous character of God.
The whole concept of men, women, marriage and the sexual union, was designed to be a very beautiful, loving, emotionally-fulfilling aid to bond two people in partnership and to provide companionship that would last throughout the lifetime of the two lovers who would be best friends. Together they would face life, cooperate in building a righteous godly family, while at the same time experiencing both good times and bad times with the help, strength and encouragement that they could give to and draw from each other.
In Genesis 2:28 God is actually commanding Adam and Eve, and then by extension to the rest of mankind, to be fruitful, multiply, take care of all the nice things that He had provided for them and to have a pleasant delightful GOOD life as a result of obedience to Him. From the very beginning, God’s laws and ways of living were meant to be very good! They were created for our very best well being and if obeyed, would provide us with productive lives fulfilling God’s purpose for us, especially in the family domain.
Romans 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. [not a burden]
We know that Adam and Eve failed in their mandate to obey and follow only Him and they took of the forbidden fruit because they listened to Satan rather than to their Creator. And all of mankind has followed the same course that they set forth, for all of those who would come after them. And thus we are faced with all the problems and complexities of living in a world that does not conform to God’s standards which includes holding up to the very high ideal that God meant for godly relationships between men and women.
This week as we continue into the series of our studies on the “works of the flesh” and we examine what “lasciviousness” means and why it is something that we as Christians should never, ever, have as part of our character by thinking or behaving in any conduct that is considered to be lascivious or lewd.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The Greek word that is used in this verse is aselgeia (Strong’s # and means licentiousness, wantonness
Definition: (outrageous conduct, conduct shocking to public decency, a wanton violence), wantonness, lewdness. (Strong’s Concordance)
The English definition for lewdness is: indecency, obscenity, impurity, vulgarity, depravity, pornography, smut, profligacy, debauchery, crudity, lechery, licentiousness, carnality, wantonness, salaciousness, lasciviousness, bawdiness, unchastity, smuttiness, lubricity. 1.a. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful. b. Obscene; indecent. 2. Obsolete Wicked.
As we studied in last week’s topic, the work of the flesh called “uncleanness” is anything that falls short of God’s righteousness; and lasciviousness, too, is very much included in the definition of what it is to be unclean in God’s eyes.
As Christians with God’s Holy Spirit abiding in us, we hate to even mention or to have to write about such things; they seem so repugnant to us. Yet because we are subjected and bombarded with these kinds of things on a daily basis in this present evil and unclean world, it is easy to let down our guard and allow some of this type of mindset to influence us and our children to some degree without our even realizing it.
It is very easy to just become accustomed to what the world projects as fun, funny, what is depicted as good and successful, what is attractive and desirable. The impact from being exposed to this mindset can even begin to cloud our perception of the ideal standards set by God for what it means to be a godly man or woman made in His image. If we are not on guard or unaware of what is happening, we can become “acclimated” to what the world promotes as normal and right, especially regarding what it means to relate to the opposite sex. And yes, this kind of sin or mindset has crept into the Ekklesia, This type of behavior, is something that according to His word, God says He HATES.
Lasciviousness is the type of filthiness that pertains to anything that profanes, deviates from, or is a defilement of God’s purpose for godly sexuality and of the sacred marriage ordinance. This includes such things that are bizarre and unthinkable that are becoming more and more common place in our modern day society.
Lewdness comes from a type of misguided/wrong attitude originating within the heart and it generally is the beginning of WANTONNESS and fornication/ adultery; it is the provocative enticing and invitation to sin against God’s sacred purpose for men and women, and is a form of evil contemptible temptation.
To be sensually provocative is considered to be a type of temptation to sin sexually, either physically, or to cause others to have debased minds by diverting a person’s thoughts from the holy and right purposes of sexual matters to the perversion of it. Also it is to think evil things that break all aspects of what the seventh commandment is about. A person who is lewd has a dirty mind and seeks to seduce, take advantage of others for his/her own debased unholy pleasure and the gratifying of his/her lust that springs from a heart that is perverse and evil which does not value what God has created as holy.
To have a lewd or lascivious personality is to be tainted in character and is usually repulsive at least to those who have high moral standards.
But now in our modern society, it has become more and more acceptable, tolerant, and has progressed to the point that most of our entertainment is saturated with this kind of promiscuous, crude, crass, depravity!
The modern day nation of Israel, and the rest of the world too, exalt and worship entertainers, talk host celebrities, sports figures, those in high government positions, the rich and famous, who behave in this fashion. And many now, old and young, want to imitate and follow after such lewd and debasing personalities.
As far as lewdness goes it is becoming so pervasive in our society that the most evil unimaginable things are being portrayed by those that set the agenda for the rest of humanity by exhibiting outrageous lewd behavior. This total depravity and lewdness in these last days could very well be be a part of what it means in Daniel where it says that the transgressors are come to the full, or have reached the fullness of their wickedness; and thereby pushing the limits of God’s mercy and long suffering. This is another sign that we are in the latter days. (Please see Daniel 8:23) When Christ returns He is going to clean up the minds and hearts of the people and there will be no more lascivious/lewd thinking or behavior allowed in His Kingdom
So why the lengthy introduction in this post first about God’s creation of the first couple and the description of what He purposed for them when He created them?
I wanted to show that our sexuality is a precious gift from our loving Creator and that is to be used ONLY for His holiness and to honor and glorify Him in His sacred ordinance called marriage and family.
The marriage covenant is the very analogy of God’s special relationship with the nation of Israel and now in the New Covenant with the Spiritual Israel of God, who will be prepared and made readied to become the spotless Bride of Christ. The bride will have prepared herself when Jesus returns and He will only marry those that have become clean and pure, with no trace of anything that even comes close to the “work of the flesh” we call lasciviousness.
In Hebrews 13, the apostle Paul says that marriage is to be held in honor, to be called honorable; [to be esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear] and to keep the marriage bed undefiled, kept UN-dishonored.
Hebrew 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
God teaches us throughout His Word that marriage [and the sexual union within it] is very honorable; it is a very valuable gift that He has given to humanity to be used in a loving life-long relationship with our spouse. It is also for the purpose of bringing into the world children and to rear them to be “godly seed” or offspring that would keep replenishing the earth throughout the generations.
Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
In the King James Version this might be somewhat difficult to understand; in modern day language this means: “And did not God make [you and your wife] one [flesh]? Did not One make you and preserve your spirit alive? And why [did God make you two] one? Because He sought a godly offspring [from your union]. Therefore take heed to yourselves, and let no one deal treacherously and be faithless to the wife of his youth.” Malachi 2:15 (Amplified Bible)
Lasciviousness or lewdness is demonic and seeks to destroy everything that is beautiful and wholesome in what God has created and declared to be very good. It is a type of uncleanness as we studied last week; with this “work of the flesh” that involves the defiling of the purpose for which God planned for men and women in the holy matrimonial state. It involves tempting others to debase themselves and defile themselves in immersing the mind in things that are sordid, evil, damaging and lead one to desecrating themselves in unholiness which leads to misery, defilement, broken hearts, broken homes, and broken children. It is a way of thinking and living that leads to the way of death if not repented of. No one will be allowed into God’s kingdom who is wanton and lewd and lives this way of life. Neither will those that seek to immerse and coerce others into their ungodly lifestyles and into having this filthy attitude toward the things that God created to be holy.
Lasciviousness (or lewdness) is the state of mind that thinks in a way that is perverts, mocks, twists and makes ugly everything that God had intended to be very beautiful and what He declared to be VERY GOOD in the Geneses account that records the history of how mankind was created almost six thousand years ago. Satan is the instigator and motivator of this warped concept as he hates the marriage institution more than anything because it represents the relationship that God wants to have with mankind, those who have qualified and have been redeemed to be a part of God’s Kingdom.
An analogy of what lasciviousness is like; would be like taking a costly valuable heirloom golden vase, something that is precious and beautiful, that we prize very much, and then using it for something dishonorable like scooping out a septic tank! Or to drag it through the mud. That is to me what lasciviousness means in regard to how it treats something that God created for the highest good of mankind and made it to be honorable; and then to have Satan, and those who are of his mindset, besmirching it to mean something that is degrading and perverted.
If we can truly understand and realize how valuable and honorable God’s form of sexuality is, we will be much more apt to guard the doors of our hearts and minds and not let the lewdness of the world enter in to defile us. And we need to see the importance of feeding our minds every day with God’s Word and to allow Him to fill our minds and hearts with pure thoughts and to have His mindset in regard to proper roles for men and women and the proper respect for His sanctity of marriage.
We need to get a firm grip on understanding these things and have the pure clean mind that God has and have it ingrained into our very hearts and minds if we are going to teach them to those who will come out of the tribulation. The remnant peoples may be wounded and scared from the physical effects of having to go through the tumultuous events of the tribulation; but also most people’s minds and hearts will be in need of being cleaned up from the effects of living in this end time Sodom and Gomorrah type environment that we are currently living through right now.
Most in our society have a very perverse view of the proper roles that God has created for men and women to fulfill. They have warped and twisted views of what constitutes proper and God honoring marriages as well. God will have to give them a new heart that will be cleaned up from all the rebellion and the wickedness of this world! And then with the new Spirit that God will give them, they will want to learn how to keep the ways and laws of God, including how to have wholesome clean relationships in their marriages and in their families.
Ezekiel 26:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 26:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 26:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 26:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 26:29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
Lasciviousness begins in the heart and one way that we can counter it is to do as Paul says in Philippians 4.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
We have been addressing this topic on the physical level but just as we studied about the physical and spiritual aspects of adultery a couple of weeks ago, the spiritual aspect can also pertain to the lewdness of those who entice people to depart from God’s commandments and to turn away from pleasing and serving our Espoused Husband, Jesus Christ.
As this kind of thing was happening in Jude’s day, this has also been happening ever since and is a part of what the Bride of Christ must clean up in the process of the restoration and cleansing of the Spiritual Temple just before Jesus returns. We must clean out anything that contributes to the committing of spiritual adultery.
Jude:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 3:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
This verse says that we can deny our Lord and Master Jesus Christ by perverting His grace in a certain sensuous way, which can include enticing ourselves or others to sin in the physical realm in sexual matters, but also includes enticing and provoking others to commit spiritual adultery as well. They do this by seducing the members of Christ’s body to becoming unfaithful against our Marriage Covenant that we have with our Espoused Husband, Jesus Christ. They entice God’s people to becoming unfaithful to Him in this way, either by turning to other false gods and their false doctrine, or to teaching the Ekklesia to break any of His commandments; or by telling them that they do not have to keep them according to His Word.
We went into the spiritual aspect of adultery (which lewdness fits in with) in quite a bit of detail in our post on “adultery” a few weeks ago.
There is so much more that can be written about this subject; as a way of review, please refer back to the post on being Pure in Heart. These articles also have much teaching about how we can have pure hearts before God which is the opposite of what is it to have a heart that is full of lasciviousness.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
In one of the posts “What is Your Long Term Goal” I wrote: Do we even begin to grasp the magnitude of what Matthew 5:8 is telling us? If we have this hope in us of someday seeing God after we are resurrected, literally in all of His MAGNIFICENCE and all of His GLORY, as sons and daughters of the Father ourselves, we WILL be motivated to purify ourselves, even as He is pure. What an awesome and worthwhile goal to set for ourselves while we still have time left living in this mortal flesh.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
To have the privilege and honor, after we are done with our physical lives, and at the resurrection of the just; to be chosen to be a king/priest who will live and work with God and actually see Him in his Kingdom, is what we as true Christians are being called to be seeking with all of our hearts.
1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
To to be clean and pure and qualify to be a part of God’s family is worth striving for with all our might. No other goal that is offered or attainable in this world even begins to compare!
An Open Letter to the Women of God about Modesty
From the very start I want to add that many of God’s people do present a proper example. At the Feast site that I attended last year, all the ladies present were excellent examples of elegant and modest appearance; and I have many friends in the Ekklesia who know what God expects in this area and are good role models for me and others.
But Brethren, I have been at church services and attended Feast sites (and I know you have too) where modesty on the part of our women was sorely lacking. And I expect it is mostly because we live in a society where we have become so acclimated to the fashion trends and have come to accept a certain amount of exposure. Most just do not seem to know any better, especially our young girls who have never known any other type of clothing. And as most of us know, to go shopping for clothes anymore in our day and age, it is almost impossible in find modest clothing. But God in His Word is very clear about how women should present themselves and it is the responsibility of the church to teach and to help others to understand what is proper and what God expects of a godly woman.
The fact is, that immodesty has become a huge problem in the Ekklesia and many do not seem to be able to see anything wrong with it. In all probability, most of the problems in the congregations come from thoughtlessly adopting worldly trends and from a lack of understanding by our young ladies of how their lack of modesty affects our young men. But even among the older women, there are a quite a few who are still following the dictates of the latest fashion world rather than presenting a good example of what it means to be modest and serving as proper role models for the younger ladies, and this just should not be.
I remember as a young lady attending church services for the first few times in the days of mini-skirts, platform shoes and tight pant suits. At the very first service I attended, another young lady in her early twenties introduced herself to me and I noticed how attractively she was dressed; she looked very fashionable and yet her clothing was of simple design and was very modest. We quickly became best of friends and she became my role model that I wanted to exemplify in the way I came dressed to services as well.
So ladies, how you dress does make an impact on others! We can either set a proper and good example for others to follow without even saying a word; or we can set a poor example, whereby we encourage others to think that immodest apparel is fine and acceptable.
This is a very sensitive topic, we realize, but this is something we feel that God is very concerned with and He wants His people to overcome in this area along with the other areas that are now beginning to be restored. To be modest in all that we think, say and do is very important in God’s eyes and how we dress and the kinds of clothes that we wear is reflective of the degree that we want to glorify Him.
Lust is rampant in our modern day society. And the clothing styles, for males included, but especially female clothing has reached a ridiculous level of immodesty and provocativeness. Even clothes that actually do cover most of the body are still primarily designed to accentuate and highlight the female body. Unfortunately, this manner of dress has crept into the Ekklesia big time. What used to be thought of as only the apparel of prostitutes, is now common place, even to the point of encouraging our little girls to dress in scanty and provocative clothing, thinking it is “cute”. I have even seen very young girls wearing high heels at church services.
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus addresses not only the letter of the law but goes right to the heart of what it is to the keep the commandments in the very spiritual intent as well, starting with what we allow to think about in our minds. In regard to adultery, He speaks of lusting in one’s heart and thinking of lustful things as sinful as literally committing the act.
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 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.
To encourage women to dress in modest apparel that does not provoke lustful thoughts and desires is not only a Christian’s duty, but a Biblical imperative. Paul commands the older women to set proper examples and to teach the younger women how they can be good wives, good mothers; and to be discreet and chaste in all of their conduct.
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; [teachers of what is good] 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Women who are discreet, chaste and dress modestly, are showing proper agape love to their brethren,;and by not dressing in a manner that draws attention to themselves, they are fulfilling God’s command to not cause offense. As Christians we are to be filled with the love of Christ and this includes loving our neighbors and our brethren as much as we love ourselves, never wanting to do anything that would harm others.
Mark 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Christians ladies must realize that to dress immodestly does have harmful effects on their neighbors and to do so can be a real stumbling block to them especially to the men that are in our assemblies and in our fellowhship who are our Christian brothers.
Men will be affected by hormonal and chemical actions beyond their immediate control, and many will have a struggle controlling their thoughts; this amounts to the wearers of un-modest apparel being an easily avoidable and unnecessary stumbling block to many brethren, and sets a bad example in the general public.
The pressure to conform to worldliness may be great, but we are to be conformed to the Word of God and not to worldly practices, either in the assembly or in public.
Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
To love our Christian neighbor, and all our other neighbors, whether they are Christian or not, is to do all we can to help them win that war of fleshly lust by the things that we say, how we act and by what we wear while in their presence.
A woman that dresses immodestly, whether knowingly or in ignorance, is aiding the enemy in that war of the flesh, rather than being a helper or a promoter of godliness. We need to be striving to direct all our thoughts and conversation on whatsoever is pure and holy, rather than drawing attention to ourselves by wearing skimpy or provocative clothing.
God’s people must not put up stumbling blocks that cause others to trip and fall. If we do, God will hold us accountable for that, just as Paul teaches in Romans 14:13. Women who dress immodesty to provoke lusts in others, will be held accountable for their lack of love and concern for the spiritual well being of their brethren. A woman cannot say “I can dress as I please and if others are offended or tempted, it is their problem and not mine.”
Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
To instruct and encourage Christian women to dress modestly is nothing more than to encourage them to express godly love and concern for their brethren. To say that we, as Christians, have no right to speak up if other Christians are dressing in a manner that exposes too much sexuality and that they are causing offense when they appear in public, dressed like sexual teases, is equivalent to saying we have no right to encourage our brothers and sisters to keep God’s commandments and to exhort one another to stay on the strait and narrow path.
It is what God says in His Word about modesty; that should be our criterion! Just what does He reveal about how women should view modesty?
A biblical definition must first focus on the heart. Modesty primarily is about what is in our hearts and minds, what is our true motivation. And additionally, to dress modestly is about exercising proper discernment and having a concern and awareness of others and our surroundings.
Paul’s Teaching on Modesty
Paul was not afraid to address his concerns about the women under his care and how they should adorn themselves, as he teaches in his letter to Timothy. Paul instructed the younger pastor on how he should instruct the women in his congregations and by extension is a teaching for all of us.
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; 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Modesty is NOT about trying to look dowdy or unattractive and Paul is not saying that women shouldn’t adorn themselves. His statement about this subject is about the primary focus of our lives, which should be to adorn ourselves with godliness and righteous character. He is not telling women that they need to dress in a prudish or unattractive style. The same word “adorn” is used to speak of a bride beautifying herself for her husband as we read in Revelation 21.
Paul is speaking of the mistake of giving all our attention to physical things which last for a day; and advising us that we should first focus on spiritual things that last forever. This is about priorities and is not saying that we should not try our best to look presentable, rather that we should not be consumed by vanity and spend an inordinate amount of time on our appearance to the neglect of those spiritual things that really matter.
What does it matter if we are physically beautiful and have no godliness or good works? Its all about our priorities;’ and modesty over vanity and pride.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The Greek word for adorn is kosmeó (Strong’s #2885) and means to adorn, garnish, trim. From kosmos; to put in proper order, i.e. decorate (literally or figuratively); specially, to snuff (a wick) — adorn, garnish, trim. See GREEK kosmos (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
It is a term that expresses being ornamented, well groomed, and put in order and is a very affirmative word. The concern for Paul isn’t about whether a woman should adorn her body, but about how she adorns her body.
The context in the letter to Timothy shows that Paul is talking about how women should prepare themselves for appearing in public. He exhorts women to adorn themselves in a way that is fitting and in a way that glorifies God when they appear before Him for worship, or in public as a Christian example. If they “profess godliness” and want to show God honor and reverence; how should they dress and conduct themselves?
Paul, in addition to admonishing women to be modest, was also addressing a situation that was a problem among the ladies in his day. In the Greek culture the social elite, and specifically the women of high standing, were known for their flashy and extravagant wardrobes, their elaborate hair styles, and their costly clothing that communicated extraordinary wealth. Paul is instructing the ladies that they should not be trying to imitate the women of the world in how they were adorning themselves. He was basically saying “Dress in a way that shows that you desire that the attention of others be on God, not yourself.”
A person’s manner of dress, or even their preoccupation with clothing itself, is often indicative of a heart that is more occupied with self, than focused on God.
In 1st Peter, the apostle Peter describes the kind of things that wives (and all women) should be adorned with; these are things that are much more valuable and attractive to God than the most fancy and costly attire.
1 Peter 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
When Paul says that women should wear “modest apparel” he is talking about a term that encompasses not just clothing, but is about one’s behavior and attitude, and also about one’s demeanor and humility.
When he talks about “good works” he is saying that is ultimately the goal that a woman should be concerned with, and not how physically attractive she looks. In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul talks about how we are created in God to do good works, which pertains to both men and women; and to be humble and modest are among the things we should consider as good works.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
In Titus, Paul tells us that Jesus’ sacrifice makes it possible to be cleansed from our iniquity and we are to be purified unto Him and to be zealous of good works. And modesty is about good works that we are to be zealous for; and we are not to be overly concerned about the outward appearance, but rather in how be behave, how we communicate and relate to our brethren in all purity.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
When Paul used the term shamefacedness in the verse instructing Timothy about how women should adorn themselves, the word can seem kind of strange to us. But once we understand the true meaning of “shamefacedness” it provides us with even more insight as to what modesty is about. It means that modesty is an attribute that shows sensitivity to sin.
The Greek word for shamefacedness is aidós (Strong’s #127) and means: (through the idea of downcast eyes); bashfulness, i.e. (towards men), modesty or (towards God) awe — reverence, shamefacedness.
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he is saying that a woman’s clothing should be worn with shamefacedness; meaning “modesty” or it could be translated: worn in awe toward God and reverence for Him.
Paul is explaining that women should have a demeanor of reverence, showing respect for oneself and a regard for others. In fact modesty is about having self-respect and valuing oneself enough and the body that God has given to us, that we would want to keep it covered and not show areas that would cause embarrassment to ourselves or others.
The word defined as modesty can even carry the connotation of “bashful.” The term “shame,” that is contained within the meaning of “shamefacedness”, implies the idea of sorrow over the sin that is in the world and that as a godly woman we should be very sensitive to that sin, knowing that sin is offensive to God and that it cuts us off from Him. And as a woman of God, she has an awareness of this fact and wants to always have purity in her own heart, (just as a man needs to desire to always have purity in his heart), therefore she would never want to even come close to trying to provoke impurity or lust in others.
A man is responsible for his own lust, but if a woman in his company dresses with the intention to allure him, she too is sinning. God will hold the man accountable for his sins, but He will also hold a woman accountable for provoking that lust by her lack of concern and by her immodest clothing. She is therefore guilty of a lack of shamefacedness, for treating sin lightly and being the instigator, knowing that she is the cause of the sin of others. If we are seeking to obey the whole Word of God, we will be exemplary in modesty by our dress and by our attitude; this is one way we can keep God’s commandment to love others and to strive to avoid even the “appearance of evil”. A heart of modesty that is motivated by a godly love for one’s fellow man is far more important than most of us realize. We must not take the sin of immodesty lightly!
Modesty is About True Freedom
Many in our culture may think of modesty as being repression or restrictive, when really the opposite is true. Modesty is about true freedom. Those that cannot understand about spiritual things may accuse those who speak out against immodestly as being legalistic or trying to impose arbitrary rules that restrict a woman’s creativity and self expression. But the real issue of the matter is about wearing respectable clothing with self-control, or in other words having self mastery over one’s ego and over a desire for self aggrandizement. This is also a part of what it means to be sound minded and being spiritually mature.
Through the help of God’s Holy Spirit we can resist the temptation to incorporate the standards that the world promotes for what a woman should look like and act like; and rather we must seek to have a heart that is full of the fruits of God Spirit. As women of God, do we really want to be just like the women of the world and try to follow their examples of what they think of as attractive, feminine, and womanly?
This world, and Satan’s influence as the unseen ruler of this world, has conditioned both men and women to believe immodesty is somehow womanly and sexy, something that we just accept as normal; but in reality immodestly is a kind of slavery. A woman may be enslaved by her desire to be attractive to men or she might define her self-worth by her stylish wardrobe, her sex appeal, latest hair fashions, or fancy brand name clothing that she wears.
This kind of slavery to outward appearances is so pervasive because sin impacts all of us. In today’s sexually oriented culture, with Hollywood trendsetting images, many women fall prey to this kind of slavery. But as Christian women we must free ourselves from slavery of any kind of sin including the sin of lewdness, which immodesty is! Why? Because we are united to Christ and we want to be slaves to His righteousness; not slaves to showing off our body. In Romans 6, Paul exhorts us to live out this freedom by yielding our bodies as instruments for righteousness, not as instruments to be used in walking according to the works of the flesh.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God desires for Christian woman to have self-mastery in their wardrobe choices, to be totally free from the worldly ways of defining their value, attractiveness, beauty, and sexiness; not enslaved to a preoccupation with their physical image, and determining their worth by their outward adornment.
Christians Must BE Examples of What They Teach Others
In our present day world, modesty is a very serious issue for the true Christian; the person who desires to be a believer and follower of Jesus Christ in every aspect of life. God tells us to be HOLY for He is Holy and to have a walk that is worthy of our vocation. We can either be a beacon of light showing the world that we have higher standards than the world’s standards; or we can appear to them as hypocrites by trying to fit in with the culture’s fashions that stress lewd and provocative styles that reveal rather than cover up.
By having our conversation [or conduct] honest, are we willing to be examples of holiness to all those we come in contact with, including unbelievers? To dress inappropriately we can become as hypocrites when we seek to teach others about the gospel and how they should be living according to God’s laws; and then dressing in a manner that is contrary to godliness, invoking lust in the hearts of others.
Jesus told His disciples to go into all the nations and preach the gospel, to teach them to observe all the things that He had taught them (Matthew 28:20). In Romans 2:17-29, Paul explains how those who teach, must themselves be everything that they teach others to be. When we call ourselves Christians and say that we are part of His body and then fail to live the Way that we proclaim or the truth that we espouse, then we become hypocrites and we bring blasphemy to the name of Christ and to His cause. This is why this topic is so very important and is another reason why we must restore modesty to God’s church if we ever want to make a witness for God and for His way of righteousness in this very evil and dark world that we live in.
Romans 2:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 2:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
True Leaders Must Not Be Silent on This Topic
So we have to ask, why are the leaders mostly silent on this topic and why is immodestly tolerated as we have all witnessed even at Sabbath services and at the Feasts? It seems that some of the ministers, and some of the husbands and dads are not speaking up and not really teaching against this condition in the Ekklesia.
Why is there not much teaching about modesty in the assemblies presently? Could it be that we just don’t want to offend, and because it is embarrassing to say something when we encounter someone wearing inappropriate clothing? And are we competing for church members and trying to be so friendly because the priority is to gain new members and add to our numbers? In our attempt to be politically correct in our COGs we tend to see teaching on modesty as highly judgmental. It seems that we have been taught and conditioned that we must not make our brethren or those who are seeking out a congregation or group uncomfortable at our assemblies. Therefore we just tolerate immodestly under the guise of love and acceptance and try to make all feel welcomed even if they are not showing common decency in what they are wearing.
We don’t have to be mean spirited or self-righteous when exhorting or teaching what is proper. Scripture is clear on our responsibilities to each other and it shows us how we are to truly love our brothers and sisters.
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
We are to teach because we do care, and we want to see brethren overcome and to be in God’s Kingdom, just as we want them to teach us when they see us making poor choices and having poor judgment. That is God’s way, not just tolerating or putting up with sin; or like the old adage, “going along, to get along”. We are to be more willing to please God; rather than to please men or women because we feel we may hurt their feelings. (Galatians 1:10)
Modesty Begins in a Heart That Wants to Please God
As King David says in so many of his Psalms, that He loved God, that he loved His commandments and he found his delight to do them. He willingly turn his eyes away from the things of vanity; and anything having to do with lewdness is vanity, and he asked God to quicken him [incline his heart] to go in His path of righteousness [which is the keeping of all of God’s commandments in letter and in spirit].
Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Modesty starts in the heart. As Christian ladies, we do not need a yardstick or a checklist for modesty. If we have God’s Holy Spirit, it will lead us to see, to discern, what is appropriate and modest. Just as King David, we can ask God to help us to incline our hearts to desire to live in all His ways.
In past years some leaders may have gone too far by having certain rules and checklists, (and a back and forth rule on makeup) for hair and skirt “length” and certain “coverage”. This went so far as having certain hair lengths that were acceptable or not acceptable, and having rules of measurement for hair. Some of the ministers served as hair-length and skirt-length police in the church.
This post is not about church rules and checklists. As mature Christians with the mind of Christ, we should not have to have anyone “dictate exactly what can be worn in terms of style, length and coverage”. Fundamentally, this is not a matter of cloth and how much it covers, but one of a right heart. We in all practicality may have everything covered but if our heart is not right, we can be just as guilty as if we were dressed immodestly. Modesty comes from a Godly heart, not a checklist. Even if we have rules dictated to us, we could still have the motive behind our rule-keeping by “how much can I sin, and still be acceptable?”. This is the very opposite of what a true Christian should be thinking. We should be asking, “what can I do to bring the most glory to God?”.
And when it comes to the issue of modesty and how we dress, this attitude alone is capable of cultivating true modesty in our hearts and we can teach this attitude to our children starting at a young age. Any time we take the approach of “what can I get away with?” our level of what is true modesty will inevitably plummet. People can always find ways around the rules. But when we are dealing with attitudes and motives of a heart that is directed and monitored by following the lead of God’s Spirit, rather than following after the works of the flesh, the externals will take care of themselves and conform to what is in our hearts. When we have modesty in our heart, then the external modesty will follow.
We can do a study on the whole chapter of Psalm 119 to learn how David loved God’s commandments and how he had a heart tuned to keeping them in all things. By studying God’s whole Word and seeking to please Him in this area, we will gains the skills to be able to discern between what is right and what is not right [inappropriate]. As the people of God who are training to be priests and kings as future rulers under Christ in His kingdom, we MUST be learning to discern between right and wrong, the clean and the unclean, what is lasciviousness and what is pure and modest. By what we have had to learn in our lifetimes, we can then teach others when God’s begins to call the remnant of Israel, and people from all nations to become the Holy People of God.
Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. 44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
A side note is that we honor God’s Sabbaths and His Holy Days by how we appear before Him in His assemblies and He desires for us to be dressed in our best and in such a way that we we reflect being adorned with His righteousness rather than coming before Him and others in immodest apparel. When we appear before Him dressed inappropriately, we dishonor Him; and we are not hallowing His Sabbaths as He commands us to.
God is Looking for Strong Women Who Are Not Afraid to be Different from Worldly Standards
As women of God, we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice in ways that we may have never considered. If we present our bodies in holiness and modesty, we will be good examples to each other and to our children of what true modesty looks like. By our examples we can encourage and teach others to dress with modesty even when it is not very popular in this day and age. God expects us to take a stand on this issue and to live differently than the rest of the people around us.
Romans 12:12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Modesty is the opposite of lasciviousness/lewdness and immodesty is the embodiment of provoking impure thoughts in ourselves and others. Both send messages to all those who come into our presence. Modesty is the respectable, decent, honorable manner of adorning one’s body and in how we present ourselves to God and others, born out of a freedom from a worldly definition of beauty and worth. When we choose to be modest in all that we wear, and in how we talk, and by our modest behavior, we show that we are motivated by a love toward God, a hatred of sin, and a desire to draw attention to Him and not to ourselves.
When we choose out certain pieces of clothing we need to be conscience of whether or not it fits in with our goal to be respectable and holy in all that we are and all that we do. We can use the opportunity in how we dress to be fine Christian examples and to send a very good message to others about what it is to be a godly woman of God; and we do this without even having to say a word. Modesty is one more sign or badge that we belong to our HOLY and RIGHTEOUS Espoused Husband. We are His holy Spiritual Temple and it is imperative that we keep it clean, pure, dressed in righteousness; for Jesus is not going to marry an immodest and lewd Bride.
We can reflect back to our studies on the Beatitudes and apply those attributes toward being modest in all that we think, say, and do, including in how we dress.
Yes brethren, modesty is another way we can be the lights to the world that it so desperately needs. And the darker this world becomes, which it is going to do for a little while longer; we as ladies that make up the Bride of Christ [in this very delicate yet important issue] can be lights that shine brightly as the Women of God that God has called us to be.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren
Proverbs 6:16-19 Commentary
There are many Scriptures where God indicates that He hates a certain kind of evil attitude and its manifesting itself into lewd behavior.
In Proverbs 6, Solomon tells us that there are seven things that God hates. As we read through these things we can see that all of these evils can be applied to the definition of lewdness. The type of things that are evident when this kind of spirit is working in a person, make it clear that this is a work of the flesh and can only sow evil fruits [consequences].
There is nothing good or pleasant about a person when he or she is behaving in this manner; and it only brings misery and heartbreak in the end.
*Proverbs 6:16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
These seven things are a part of what it means to be a person of lascivitousness. These evils will tend to be operatiing in that person when he or she is walking in the works of lewdness. This Proverb reiterates that this work of the flesh is very much an abomination to God.
*Proverbs 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Lewdness produces a certain kind of pride in a person and results in a proud, arrogant or provocative look; all we have to do is see this look on the faces of models, actresses or actors; especially in advertisements that are trying to look alluring.
What lasciviousness is promoting as good and attractive is a lie that promises pleasure and fulfillment but is a perversion of the God ordained purpose of sexuality. This work of the flesh sheds innocent blood by teaching and enticing innocent people, [especially children] into thinking a certain way and then to doing despicable things that lead to nothing good but to destruction and death.
*Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Lewdness definitely fits the definition of having a heart that devises wicked imaginations, with feet that are eager and that run in Satan’s path to create evil and mischief.
*Proverbs 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
A lewd person is a false witness that will flatter and engage in lying to get others to think as he does, to think he is funny and/or to do what he wants them to do. He is also a false witness to the marriage covenant and discounts everything that God tells us that is proper and decent and how we should be living our lives in holiness and chastity.
To be lewd, to act wantonly, can lead to envy and jealousy, suspicion and can destroy trust if practiced by either or both in a relationship and can cause discord, division, and separation among brethren; and especially between married couples.
But now we have put off all of these things and we are living in newness of life if we are seeking with all our hearts to be pure in all our thoughts and actions .
2 Corinthians 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
The new man is one of holiness, one who has his mind “set” on the things of God and not on the evil concupiscence things of this world.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Galatians 5:16)
James Malm and Constance Belanger
Note- Constance submitted the original rough draft of this article in 2016, which I then completed for posting.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
. . . . charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own . . . .