In this article, we’ll be discussing a topic which is being handled controversially in the church, and we’ll be answering the question “what does the bible say about showing off your body”. You might want to keep calm and carefully scroll through this article to get more clarification on this. Enjoy and don’t skip.
As the world keeps advancing in civilization and technological usage, many people have been paying less attention to the scripture’s standards and viewpoints about some things.
As Christians, our ideology about life and our standard of how life is to be lived shouldn’t stem from the generally accepted way of the world. It must come from the word of God, which is our viewpoint and material where we get the God-accepted way of doing things (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).
Is showing your body a sin?
Showing off your body is not a sin; however, it is far from good – it is wrong. And, the fact that something is wrong doesn’t make it a sin. A man can wake up one day, perfectly fine and healthy, and decide to jump on the street and start dancing half-naked.
Although the act is not a good one, it can’t be regarded as a sin. But if care is not taken, it might stimulate lust, and that’s a sin.
Apostle Paul made us know in 1 Thessalonians 4: 3 that, “It is God’s will for every man to abstain and hold one’s self off fornication (illicit sexual intercourse).”
How do you do this? Verse 4-5 of that same book explains it; it says, “Everyone should know how to control and manage their body in purity (separated from profane things) and in honor.”
When you as a lady pay close attention to the kind of attire you put on, you’ll save men from lusting after you and making them feel tempted to have sex with you. You must learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it by dressing anyhow and behaving like those who don’t know God at all.
God has placed His honor on your body; what must you do?
God has placed a heightened level of honor and respect on every human; which also includes our body. Therefore, it is expedient and expected of us to reverence God’s creation and treat it as sacred and important as He has called it to be.
This was why God through His prophets and Apostles emphasized a lot of modesty in dressing, and in the use of your outward appearance in a way that brings glory to God. Although, the culture’s expectations on how a woman dresses and appears might change consecutively, yet, we are not to lose sight of God’s expectations and definition of true beauty.
The world way can be misleading and too extreme, that’s why you must model your life and dress according to the standard of God’s word.
What does the Bible say about revealing clothes?
Here, we’ll be looking at what the bible says about revealing clothes. Understandably, what attracts a man to a woman is her physical attributes and beauty, and most women may be so tempted to go the extreme mile of exposing their bodies just to get men to be attracted to them.
Nevertheless, understanding what the bible says about it will help you position yourself for the right man and make appropriate use of your beauty in the God-accepted way.
If you check 1 Timothy 2: 9-10, here Apostle Paul in his instructions to Timothy addressed the issue of women dressing anyhow and adorning themselves with too much bodily apparel. He said, “Women should dress modestly, with shamefacedness and sobriety…”
Let’s check his use of words here; Modesty is the Greek word “kosmios”, which means something is well arranged. The word Shamefacedness is the Greek word “aidos” which means a sense of honor, reverence, bashfulness, respect, and regard for others.
And lastly, Sobriety is the Greek word “sophrosyne” which means self-control, a state of moderation or seriousness, and a sound mind.
What Paul is trying to say here when we bring all of these definitions together is that; as a lady, you must learn to dress in an orderly way.
A way that brings praise and respect both to God and the man that you’re trying to entice, without having to go overboard with your dressing.
Must you show off your body to entice a man?
Numerous people have fallen victim to the lie that, “If you do not show some part of your body, men won’t find you attractive.” You must learn to dress and do all things moderately and in a controlled way. You need not dress wrongly for men to notice your beauty. The God who created you made you so good and beautiful for a reason.
You are a perfect piece of art that the creator had made beautiful at the right time; however, you are not to rely wholly on your beauty to entice men. In verse 1 Timothy 2: 10, Paul gives us an insight on what truly attracts the right men your way, he said that it is, “By doing good deeds and service not only to themselves but to others which are around them; which is appropriate for women who profess reverential for and devotion to God”.
Your major means of attraction as a lady shouldn’t be dressing half-naked or shabbily, but by living out the beauty that God has placed inside of you and dressing properly.
You can also do that by subjecting yourself to personal development and growth as God’s perfect creation. Even though you have the freedom to do anything, not all things are beneficial for you. You wouldn’t want to do things that will displease God and cause you to sin (1 Corinthians 6: 12-20).
The verses of the Bible that talks about exposing your body
When it comes to how we make use of our bodies, God has a lot to say. And in various books, chapters, and verses of the bible, He has spoken His mind on how we are supposed to use our body and what we must know about this body. So, below are more verses of the Bible that talk about exposing your body.
- 1 Thessalonians 4: 3-5
- 1 Corinthians 3: 16
- Proverbs 7: 10
- Romans 12: 1
- 1 Timothy 2: 9-10
- 1 Corinthians 6: 13 & 18-20
You shouldn’t be part of those unbelievers who ignorantly show off their bodies to entice the opposite sex thinking it is a good and normal thing to do. Don’t treat your bodies as though it doesn’t matter. You are expected to treat it with much respect and regard as God’s temple, and not public property.