We’ve been here several times on modesty. Similarly, we talk a lot, too, about the law. Today, I invite you to think a little more deeply about the relationship that exists between the Christian modesty and the fulfillment of the law.
To begin this reflection, I ask: what does the law of God?
The Apostle Paul in answers that question directly-“because the whole law is fulfilled in one precept, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Galatians 5:14
So we have a new question: what is the relationship between Christian modesty and love of neighbor (law enforcement)?
- The principle of Christian modesty in how to refrain from spending money on unnecessary adornments. ” In the Christian world spends professed themselves with jewelry and unnecessarily expensive dresses which would be enough to feed all the hungry and clothe all naked. The fashion and the ostentatious absorb the means that could comfort the poor and suffering. Steal the world the Gospel of love of the Savior. …” Message to young people, p. 351. The financial resources that God has entrusted to us should be used for the maintenance of his work on this earth and salvation of souls. Sometimes, Christians worry more in buying clothing and adornments than in feed and clothe the needy. Great lengths in spending with unnecessary adornments and superfluous, but do not have the same willingness to help those who are hungry for spiritual and material aid. Divert the divine resources to feed your vanity and ostentation and neglect the mission, designed to close what’s left, when left.
- The principle of Christian modesty teaches us to use a “spiritual adornment”. “The ornament of them isn’t the beaded hair, in the use of gold jewelry, the composure of dresses; But the man covered in the heart; in incorruptible a spirit costume meek and quiet, which is precious in front of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4. The “spiritual adornment”, the incorruptible spirit costume meek and quiet, is demonstrated in the way to treat people. “The lesson applies to believers in every age.” By their fruits ye shall know them. ” Mat. 7:20. The interior adornment of a meek and quiet spirit is invaluable. In the life of the true Christian the external adornment is always in harmony with peace and holiness. “If anyone wants to come after me,” said Jesus, “renounce himself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” Mat. 16:24. the sacrifice and the denial of self assinalarão the life of the Christian. And the evidence that the taste is changed will be seen in the clothing of those who walk in the path open for the redeemed of the Lord.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 523. As much as weird, a selfless heart, a meek and lowly, a Christian who lives to serve (the God and neighbor) reflects this interior adornment on abstinence from outer adornment, in the simplicity of dress. A heart so vain has very little room for selflessness and selfless service for the next.
- The principle of Christian modesty teaches us to live as channels of blessings and not stumbling blocks or cause for scandal. “So we do not judge each other; before be thy purpose not to stumble or scandal to his brother.” Romans 14:13. “But any that offend one of these little ones which believe in me, better off if you hang it around your neck a millstone of watermill, and if submergisse in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6. “So if the food scandalize my brother, never eating meat, so my brother don’t be shocked.” 1 Corinthians 8:13. These verses show a bit of the seriousness with which God treats the testimony we give to that surround us. We must not offend our brothers with our practices. In spite of salvation be individual, we must take care not to be stumbling blocks for those who wish to follow God. Many times, the principle of Christian modesty is treated as “nothing to do”, “it’s not point of salvation”, and, from these wrong thoughts, the testimony of true Christianity degrades. Carefully read the following report of Ellen White:
“A sister who spent a few weeks in one of our institutions in _ _ _ _ _ _, said he was very disappointed with that turn around and hear there. … Before accepting the truth, had followed the fashions of the world in your way of costuming, and use value jewelry and other ornaments; but in deciding to obey the word of God, he noticed that his teachings were demanding the abandonment of all extravagant adornment and superfluous. Was taught that seventh-day Adventists do not wear jewelry, gold, silver or precious stones, and not follow in the garment, worldly fashions. The view among those who profess the faith such a great departure from the biblical simplicity, felt perplexed. They did not have the same Bible that she had been studying, and with which she empenhara by conforming your life? Out your past experience a mere fanaticism? Had played badly the words of the Apostle: “the friendship of the world is enmity against God. Therefore, whatever you want to be a friend of the world is constituted enemy of God “. Aunt. 4:4.
Mrs. D, performing a function within the institution, was visiting one day in the bedroom of her sister _ _ _ _ _ _ _ when it took from your suitcase a necklace and gold chain, and said it wanted to sell this jewelry and deliver the product to the Treasury of the Lord. Said the other: “Why sell? I would use it if it were my own. ” “Now!” responded the sister _ _ _ _ _ _ “when I accepted the truth, I was taught that we should give up all these things. Without doubt they are contrary to the teachings of the word of God. ” And your understanding of the quoted words of the Apostles Paul and Peter, on this point: “They likewise women ataviem in costume with decency and modesty, not with braids, or gold, or pearls, or precious dresses, but (as befits women who make profession of serving God) with good works.” I Tim. 2:9 and 10. “The ornament of them isn’t the beaded hair, in the use of gold jewelry, the composure of robes, but the man covered in the heart in the incorruptible trajo a meek and quiet spirit.” I Ped. 3:3 and 4.
In response, the Lady showed a gold ring on her finger, which had been presented by an unbeliever, and said think no evil would use such ornaments. “We’re not as strict as before,” he said. “Our people have been too scrupulous in the garment business. The ladies of this institution use gold watches and gold chains, and dress like other people. It’s not good procedure be unique about our clothing; because we cannot exercise much influence. ”
We ask: Is it in accordance with the teachings of Christ? We have to follow the word of God, or the ways of the world. Our sister decided that the safest thing was to follow the biblical standard. Will love the sister D and other proceed identically, to face the result of your influence, in that day every man shall receive according to their works?
The word of God is clear. His teachings cannot be confused. Obey you, as He gave it, or seek to divert us, as much as possible and nevertheless be saved? I wish all who are linked to our institutions receive the divine light and follow on, enabling thus to transmit light to those who walk in darkness.
Compliance with the world is a sin that is undermining the spirituality of our people, and seriously damaging your usefulness. Useless is to proclaim to the world the message of warning, while we deny the achievements of daily life. Review and Herald, March 28, 1882. ” Evangelism, p. 270-272. (emphasis added)
Follow the principle of Christian modesty is closely related to law enforcement that if reume in love to the neighbor as myself. Following the principle of modesty, the Christian’s heart is much more willing to use material resources for the next, practicing the true love (because your adornment is a character that reflects the love of Jesus) and witness the true Gospel-Gospel that saves, transforms and requires self-denial.
Makeup, jewelry, this or that type of clothes … If we think about these things as “nothing to do” or “is not” point of salvation, we urgently need to rethink our Christianity. We are here in this world with a noble purpose. We were called to be chosen race, a royal priesthood, a Holy nation, a people of exclusive property of God, in order to proclaim the virtues of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light your (1 Peter 2:9). Our lives belong to us. Was bought by high price! We can’t use something solely because it appeals to our hearts. All in we should reflect the Christianity that we profess. The world needs to know the God we know. Jesus was modest, humble and unpretentious. Our adorner should be the character of our Savior. Only in this way, reflecting the Master in His selfless character, we can love those who surround us and keep your law.
That God bless us and transform us!
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