Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Modesty Series: Modesty And Speech

We often think of modesty as a dress code. We make sure our skirts are an appropriate length and that our shirts aren't too tight or low cut. But did you ever stop to think that modesty goes beyond our dress? As young ladies, we are never at a loss for words. At times, we may even be considered as chatterboxes. For this very reason, our mouths are in need of modesty's medicine. It is imperative to reflect modesty in more ways than just in our clothing choices.

With the blessing of many words, comes great responsibility. You and I have to be mindful of the words that come out of our mouths because:

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless 
word they have spoken.
Matthew 12:36

Imagine every time you spoke because you wanted to "add" you opinion or because you simply felt like it. Can you count how many times you let a comment or two "slip" out of your mouth when it wasn't your place to share? We can categorize those words as careless. God speaks to us about careless words for many reasons. One reason is that our words can start a fire. No, not a real fire, but conversations can definitely get heated and friendships seared when you've played "spiller"

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
James 3:6

It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:8

Another reason that God warns us against careless word is:
The tongue has the power of life and death,
Proverbs 18:21a

When we engage in conversations, we need to be mindful of the impression it will have on people who hear them.'
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know 
how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:6

Modesty in speech also refers to not gossiping, the way we express ourselves when we try to get our point across, and complimenting others/ receiving compliments. We should measure our words and think ahead on the effect they will have on those who hear them. Tame your tounge.

Have you enjoyed this little lesson? Stay tuned for a mini modesty series, where I hope to share my thoughts and biblical concepts on all things modest.


  1. Lovely Kianna! I think I needed to hear that :) We all need to!
    Can't wait for more parts!

  2. Beautiful post, Kianna! Thank you for visiting my blog:)


  3. wow!!! So true! I really struggle with keeping my tongue in check. Sometimes something just snaps within me and words come uncontrollably from my mouth. This is really something I need to work on. Thanks for posting this! :)


"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true,and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." PhilIppians 4:8

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