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Jan032017

Modesty, abstinence, submission & more: 7 biblical virtues the Word expects & the world rejects

Article By EEW Magazine Spiritual

Share In this day and age, certain principles that are treasured by the Word are trashed by the world. But the word of God must remain the final authority in all things.

No matter what the world deems trendy, acceptable and normal, as believers, we must be governed by Scripture. Here are 7 biblical virtues you and your girlfriends need to heed:

1.) Modesty

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV): “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” The “I can wear what I want and embrace my sexuality” crew won’t like this one. The world says let it all hang out and express your individuality, but the Word says what’s kept inside is of real value. 1 Timothy 2:9 teaches, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel…” If you are a woman of Christ, you should look significantly different from a woman of the world. Why? Because the meek and modest values you possess on the inside will influence how you dress on the outside.

2.) Abstinence

1 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV): “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” The world says being “sex positive” is okay, meaning, you should have sex with whomever, whenever you want to.  Exploring your sexuality and normalizing promiscuity is a thing these days, but not according to Scripture. The word of God reserves sexual relations for marriage—between a man and a woman. Waiting for sex is still a biblical virtue, no matter what the culture tries to dictate.

3.) Submission

Ephesians 5:22 (NIV): “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as you do to the Lord.” According to feminism, submission to a man is a sign of weakness and oppression. However, if you are a married Christian woman, not only should you submit to God, but you should also submit to your husband, honoring him as head of the household. And because Christian men are commanded to love their wives as Christ loves the church (Ephesians 5:25), your husband is not off the hook. He cannot oppress you and be pleasing in the eyes of God.

4.) Faithfulness in marriage

 Hebrews 13:4 (NIV): “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.” The world teaches that men and women aren’t built to be monogamous and we see news of affairs popping up daily. For some, it’s not a big deal. But the word of God commands us to be faithful to our spouses.

5. Humility

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV): “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the LORD.” In our social media-obsessed age, showing off has become the norm. We want to floss for others and receive praise, likes, followers, and notoriety. But God hates pride, materialism, boastfulness and bragging. In His Kingdom, the way up is down. Our focus should be on bringing God glory alone and not ourselves.

6.) Love

 1 John 4:7 (ESV): “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” The world teaches us to discriminate against the “other,” meaning those of different races, social statuses and cultures. But God’s word says we are to love all women and men equally, regardless of where they’re from or what they believe. Don’t get sucked into prejudice and hatred, even though such things are deeply rooted in our culture.

7.) Bear fruit

Matthew 5:16 (KJV): “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The world says everyone has the freedom to live life as they choose. The Word says we should live a life consistent with our faith. The Bible says “A tree is known by the fruit it bears” (Luke 6:43-45). Therefore, as a believer, strive to please God and bear fruit (The fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22-23), rather than allowing your tree to be fruit-bare. That way, others will see your life and be drawn to the Lord.

If you allow the world to condition your mind too much, you’ll find yourself standing in opposition to the word of God.

Remember Romans 12:2 (KJV), which says, “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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