While reading the Word the other day, the Lord gave me some encouraging insights on the topic of Wife Dressing which we discussed a few weeks ago. Check out part 1 & part 2 if you haven’t already for practical tips and encouragement on serving our husbands in our dress. This is just a little addendum to those posts with some Scriptural encouragement for us all!
Dress for A King
“She makes coverings for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple.” (Proverbs 31:22)
This really spoke to me as a beautiful example of a godly wife who takes thought to her clothing and appearance. Fine linen and purple were often garments worn in the courts of a king. I don’t believe this is encouraging expensive spending (especially as you balance it with the Scriptures included below), but rather a change of mindset in that this woman was dressing in a manner as if her husband were a king! She acknowledged his leadership role in the home by acting as his queen! What a beautiful picture! Ultimately as well, we are dressing for the true King – King Jesus!
Dress Yourselves with Godly Character
“Strength and dignity are her clothing.” (Proverbs 31:25)
But overall, she knew and all of us must be continually reminded that what is most important to clothe ourselves in as woman is that of godly character. Our husbands will be most served and blessed as they see us radiate the fragrance of Christ, as they witness us putting to death the deeds of our flesh and submitting ourselves to the Spirit of Christ. They will be ultimately served in their roles as husbands and leaders as we submit unto them and rejoice in their progress and accomplishments.
“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold and pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for a women making a claim to godliness.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
There is a proper balance! We must not be overly consumed with the outer that we loose sight of developing inner beauty -that of a meek and quiet spirit. Hense my encouragement to maintain a 10 minute a day appearance check. Serve your husband first and foremost by spending time in the Word of God, by cultivating Christ-likeness, and then make yourself look glorious to your husband by a simple appearance check, maybe a little makeup, but most importantly a smile and the radiance of Christ shining through you!
“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:1-4)
This passage goes on to remind us of Sarah…the greatest gift we can give our husbands is by actively putting our hope in God, as Sarah demonstrated, and submitting ourselves to our husband’s leadership.
Younger women, you can practice this truth now as well. Cultivate inner beauty and outer beauty will naturally flow!
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)