How Much Skin Can I Show As A Christian Woman?

By Karyn Markwell | 23-Jan-09 in Christian Living
Karyn Markwell

A woman’s body is already beautiful and sensuous – that’s how God created us – without her needing to reveal a lot of skin. When a woman deliberately dresses seductively, she causes men to stumble through sexual temptation, and she herself sins. You should be especially careful not to cause any young men (who are particularly susceptible to lust) to be sexually tempted because of the way you choose to dress.

The difficult question is: how much skin is too much?

One Christian woman may never wear cleavage-plunging tops and tight jeans, but another will. One Christian woman may choose not wear bikinis to the beach or pool, but another Christian woman may not see any problem with this. Each woman’s opinion will be different. So how can we know what is really appropriate? By turning to the Bible.

1 Timothy 2:9 says, ‘Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments; but rather by means of good works, as befits women making a claim to godliness.’

The Bible calls women to dress modestly and not to draw attention to her appearance through either flaunting her sexuality, or by wearing expensive clothes and adornment. God expects all Christian women to be more concerned with displaying their godly character, than their skin and wealth.

When trying to decide whether a particular item of clothing is appropriate for you to wear, especially for a date, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my motivation for wanting to wear this? Is it because it feels comfortable and looks nice? Or because it makes me looks sexy and shows off my figure / breasts / legs? You should never choose to wear something because ‘it’s sexy’ – God calls His women to a higher standard of behaviour than this
  • Will this cause a man to have lustful thoughts? Be honest. If you’re doubtful, then choose something else that you’re sure is more appropriate
  • Would I comfortably wear this before the Lord, without feeling any shame or discomfort? Remember that God is going to be present at your date anyway, and that He sees all of your actions and behaviour. Would wearing the particular item of clothing be honouring to Him? If not, then don’t wear it

God expects you to use your body in a godly and sanctified way. Therefore, you should pray and ask Him to help you to choose the clothes that are both honouring to Him, and still suitable for your figure and personality.


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