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HOW WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS BEAUTIFY THEMSELVES

WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS

Text: I Pet: 3:1-6. I Tim. 2:9

Basic Concepts

WHAT IS GODLINESS: Life of God manifested in the life of Man (2 Cor 4;10,11. 1 Tim. 3; 16)

WHO ARE WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS?

Those who define and see themselves:

(i)As Symbols of Godliness and representative of God in the world, before seeing themselves as women or people in the world who are Christians

(ii)Advocates of Godliness in the world: people with a life of evangelical mission.

  1. MEANING OF BEAUTY: Attractiveness

FROM OUR TEXT (I Pet: 3, 1-6) WE CAN INFER THE FOLLOWING:

  1. TYPES: i. Inner Beauty
  2. Physical Beauty:-Natural (God design and given)

-Artificial (Man-made)

  1. ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: Inner     Outward Natural       Outward Artificial

APPROACHES TO BEAUTIFICATION

WORDLY APPROACH (focus of being beautiful

SN TYPES METHODS  
1 OUTWARD ARTIFICIAL

QUALITIES (DECORATIONS)

Additions of ornaments  
Painting  
Ointments / Perfumes  
2 NAKEDNESS Symbolic Nakedness(Exposure of sacred   parts of the  body through tight-fitting, scanty and sexually explicit dresses)  
Partial Nakedness body through bear exposure of sexually explicit parts of the body: tight, parts of breast, parts of back, in-between lower parts and breast/around the waist.
Full Nakedness  

WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS BEAUTIFIES THEMSELVES (IWALEWA) Matt. 5. 2 to end

SN TYPE METHOD Object
1 Basic Principle

(The Outward Man)

Do not Emphasis the use of or devotion to outward/artificial means for beautification(Love not the World, IJohn 2;15-17) Out ward Artificial
Emphasizes functionality in the use of outward means of beautification such as to cover nakedness, For Health and Decency; not Vain Glory (ITim. 2; 9)
Moderate, or minimal Use of Physical such that it does not cover the natural, nor out of proportion to the body requirements/need and the environment;
Healthy living habits(healthful food, Neatness, cleanliness, avoidance of Hazards) Out ward Natural
2 Beautifying the Inner man by diligently adding the following virtues to her faith

 

Kind, thoughtful, unselfish, gracious act and kind speech and exercises. Prov. 31. 36; 11, 16 Inner

Man

Respect for and Submission to your Husband. Eph. 3;1-6.
Gentle Spirit    ( IPet.3. 1-6)
Quiet Spirit  (Not controversial and argument)( IPet.3. 1-6)
Pure conduct ( IPet.3. 1-6)
Reverent Conduct(I Tim. 2;7)
Modest Apparel(I Tim. 2;7)
Shamefacedness(I Tim. 2;7)
Sobriety (ITim. 2;7)
All fruits of the Spirit:  Joy(Smile) , Peace Making, e.t.c.
       
  1. Harmful Effects of Artificial Means of Adornments/Admonition(MODERATION)
SN Type of Means

Of Adornment

Harmful Effects Admonition
1 Addition of Ornaments -Danger of excesses which send negative signals Minimize and moderate.
2 Painting of the Body -Covers natural beauty

-Weakens natural body defenses and hence leads to early aging.

-Danger of excesses which send negative signals.

Minimize. Avoid, as much as possible.The purpose of use should not be to attract attention to one self.

 

2 Painting of the Body -Covers natural beauty

-Weakens natural body defenses and hence leads to early aging.

-Danger of excesses which send negative signals.

Minimize. Avoid, as much as possible.The purpose of use should not be to attract attention to one self.
  Addition of Perfumes or Ointments -Might be offensive to neighbors  (like cigarette; enjoyed by smokers, irritating and unhealthy for the neighbors)

-Constitute air pollution.

-Weakens natural body defenses and leads to early aging

 

-Avoid, except for medicinal purposes.

-Where not possible,minimize. -Makes sure, it is not offensive to anyone. There is therefore the need to ensure that the level of use is not pungent to attract attention.

-The purpose of use should not be to attract attention to one self.

  Nakedness – Female look like object of sex

-Tempting

-Sends negative signals

Symbolic, partial and total nakedness should be avoided by women professing godliness.
         

 

Thank you
Brother.  Akintunde, S.O.

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