Does the way we dress show respect?

Have we as Christians forgotten that manners are a way of showing respect to others?

For example, if you are going out for a special occasion such as your wife’s birthday, and she dresses in her best dress, nice shoes, special necklace and has her hair done and you simply wear jeans, a t-shirt, and an old jacket and boots, this may show you place more emphasis on yourself and your comfort than on honoring your wife.

What about occasions such as weddings, funerals, and memorial services? Most show respect by dressing nicely; men wearing a suit and tie and women dressing appropriately, but others do not. Some men come dressed like they are going on a camping trip or to the beach; therefore being very disrespectful to the family whom they are honoring or the people they are remembering.

Scripture talks about showing “courtesy to all” (Titus 3:2, esv). Someone said “Manners are kindness in action.”

Although appropriate dress may not be a “fashionable” topic, it is still a good idea to teach in our churches. Proper dress is one way to display the kindness of Christ and honor others to whom honor is due. Spread the word!

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