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Godly Virtue: A Journey Towards Purity & Modesty

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


Today, we gather as a body of Christ, united in faith and love, to reflect upon a significant aspect of our spiritual journey - living by God's standards of abstinence and modesty. As we navigate our paths through the world, we are constantly met with conflicting standards, those of the world and those set forth by our Divine Creator. The world encourages indulgence, but God calls us to a life of self-control and restraint. The world promotes ostentatious display, but God desires a modest heart.


In 1 Peter 2:11, the apostle Peter writes, "Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul." This verse vividly reminds us that our true home is not of this world, but in the heavenly realms with our Creator. We are merely temporary residents here, called to live a life of abstinence from sinful desires that conflict with our spiritual destiny.


Abstinence, in this context, does not merely refer to refraining from physical indulgences, but extends to all areas of life where excess can lead us away from God's path. It could be overindulgence in food, an unhealthy obsession with wealth, or an excessive desire for worldly recognition and approval. Abstinence is a call to exercise self-control, to prioritise God's will over fleeting worldly pleasures.


Modesty is often misunderstood as merely a legalistic dress code. While modesty indeed involves dressing in a way that respects our God-given dignity, it also extends to our speech, our actions, and our attitudes. Modesty is a call to humility, a reminder that we should not seek glory for ourselves but direct all glory to God. Not to put on an false outward show of piety, but to be presentable in a way that is pleasing to our Lord.


In 1 Timothy 2:9-10, the apostle Paul tells us, "likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works." Here, Paul is not merely prescribing a dress code, but a lifestyle that reflects a heart transformed by God's grace.


Living a life of abstinence and modesty is not a call to live in deprivation or obscurity, but an invitation to experience true freedom and joy that comes from living in alignment with God's will. By practicing abstinence, we learn to appreciate God's blessings without becoming enslaved to them. By embracing modesty, we learn to value our worth not by worldly standards but by God's unconditional love for us.


So, let us ask God for the strength to resist worldly temptations and to live by His standards of abstinence and modesty. Let us strive to mirror Christ's humility and self-control in our lives, becoming vessels of virtue that reflect God's radiant light to those around us.  May God's grace guide us, His love surround us, and His Spirit empower us on this beautiful journey towards godly abstinence and modesty.