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Pleasing God In Personal Appearance


INTRODUCTION:

If you are a Christian sister, your appearance will show it.  

Are you a Christian? If so, this message is for you. It is not directed to the person who has little or no interest in the will of God for their life. If you belong to Christ, you are not the person you used to be! The Word of God says that you are a new person inside. 

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). God has “rescued believers from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col. 1:13). 

Just as our words reveal our heart, so our appearance reveals our inner person (1 Peter 3:3-4). God says that people look on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). He wants us to have a heart that is earnestly in love with Him that will motivate us to show forth His praises to our generation. 

Does pleasing God in your appearances look like an odd subject to discuss? Do you think that God accepts anything we may wear as long as our inner heart is warm toward God? If so, you are only looking at a part of God’s will in regard to physical appearance.

Furthermore, you are to continue the changing process–of change from what you once were in sin to what God wants you to be in Christ. With reference to your former life, you are to lay aside the old self, which  has been corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth” (Eph. 4:22-24). 


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What does that mean? 

We are to lay aside the old self of sin and put on the new self of righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). God wants you to begin an entirely new way of living! He gives you the Holy Spirit so that you will have the strength to live for Him and obey Him. God expects a holistic transformation from our thinking to how we look as follows:

1. A new way of thinking (Rom. 12:2)
2. A new way of speaking (Eph. 4:29)
3. A new way of relating to people (Luke 6:31)
4. A new way of reading (Phil. 4:8)
5. A new way of eating (1 Cor. 10:31)
6. A new way of spending your time (Eph. 5:15-16)
7. A new way of using your money (2 Cor. 8:3-5; 9:6-7)
8. A new way of looking at life (2 Cor. 4:16-18)

The Lord wants to change your appearance. In one respect, God actually wants you to take the initiative in doing the changing–but He will give you the strength and ability to do this to please Him (Phil. 2:13-14; Heb. 13:21). 

Those in the world around you will not be able to understand this perspective since they are controlled by their own personal desires and the patterns of society around them. 

The genuine Christian, will be interested in the will of God contained in Scripture. How does God want you to be transformed in appearance? The discussion pertains mainly to the women, but the principles will likewise apply to men.

Adjusting to please God:
Our goal should be to please God in everything we do (2 Cor. 5:9). This will  including our dressing.  We should seek to please the Lord rather than ourselves (2 Cor. 5:15). Peter writes that the woman’s adornment “must not be external” but she is to be concerned about “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 3:3-4). 

You must dress modestly and discreetly.
You must choose your clothes wisely and in harmony with Scriptural directives. Women are to “adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly” (1 Tim. 2:9a). 

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This means that you should not wear form-fitting, sexy, and transparent clothes. You should not expose your body to others, for clothes are meant to conceal rather than reveal. Would you say that shorts, short dresses, sleeveless blouses, swim suits, low-cut necklines, and the like are designed to reveal or to conceal the woman’’s body?

Clothing is meant to cover our bodies in a plain and simple way. It is not meant to create envy in another sister. Nor are clothes meant to arouse lust in the heart of the opposite sex. Jesus warned, “Everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matt. 5:27-28). 

He said it is better to tear one’s eye out than to sin in this way and be sent to hell. Love others to such an extent that you do not stimulate either envy or lust in others! If you cause others to sin by your appearance, then you grievously sin yourself (Luke 17:1-2).

Wear clothes that clearly identify your own sex.

God created “male and female” (Genesis 1:27) and He wants men and women to appear as men and women! God said in His Law: “A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing” (Deut. 22:5). Even under Christ, God wants a clear gender distinction. Traditionally, in the western world, this has meant that “men wear the pants” and appear in a masculine manner. 

In our world today, worldly men appear feminine by wearing earrings and other jewelry. God says that it is an “abomination” to appear as the opposite sex (Deut. 22:5). Although the unisex influence of the last two generations has served to blur the male-female distinctions, Christians should determine to wear clothes that clearly pertain to their own gender and witness to God’s will in a corrupt world.

What hair style are you wearing?

The Bible says: “Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? For her hair is given to her for a covering” (1 Cor. 11:14-15). Paul also says that “it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off” (v. 6). Quite plainly, men should have short hair and women should have long hair. 

Men should look like men and women should look like women. It is disgraceful for men and women to look like the opposite sex! A woman may ask, “How long is long?” Consider the examples of Mary of Bethany (John 12:3) and the woman in the Pharisees’ house (Luke 7:37-38,44). Both of these women had hair long enough to wipe the feet of Jesus! Sisters, determine to look like women and allow your hair to grow long. Brothers, look like men and regularly cut your hair.

Be careful of influencing others with your clothing.

Clothes today make a “statement” to others. Most of the pictures and messages on shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and caps give messages that are questionable in the least and negative at the most. Many have to do with sports, rock and country music, beer, sexual immorality, and other negative themes. Even advertisements may convey the wrong message. Watch the inscription you wear and the message it is conveying.

In Conclusion:
Sisters should avoid any practice in appearance that is worldly, unholy, undisciplined, and unlike Christ.  Both brothers and sisters should not be conformed to the world according to (Rom. 12:1), but purpose to live in absolute holiness (Heb. 12:14). Practice strict self-control and walk like Jesus did -  1 John 2:6. 

Sister, please cover your body properly and keep yourself pure and holy.  If the heart is not pure, the body cannot be clean and holy.  Daughters of Zion must learn to carry their bodies in honour, Jesus is coming back soon!

Friends, the time is short. "Where will you spent eternity - in heaven or hell". This is the time to work out your salvation...Now is the acceptable time.

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and accept His Son Jesus Christand the Holy Spirit will be sent to you, to guide and teach you all truth.  He will also show you things to come.  Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 

Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 


FIRE...



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