Everyone knows what the view would be if they looked out across a public beach filled with people. Women and girls would be “dressed” in next to nothing and swimming and hanging out with whatever guys happened to be around. The saddest part is that the whole scene is viewed as acceptable. We girls and women in this generation need to think about how guys see this picture of immodesty and more importantly, how God does. Whenever girls expose most of their bodies it very strongly and seriously tempts guys to lust and worse. Sure, they can choose how they respond to this temptation, but we, the girls, are the only ones who can choose whether or not they are tempted to adultery in their hearts. The biggest area where immodesty is rampant is definitely swimming. For some reason girls think that it is okay to publicly undress if it is for swimming; somehow what they would be quite embarrassed to be seen wearing in church is totally fine to wear with guys at the beach. Let me tell you, it is very possible, and can be very cute to swim modestly. Another question is, is it even necessary to swim with guys? In my home we have the rule that we will not swim with people of the opposite sex (excluding immediate family and little children). At beaches you can usually walk further to get away from the crowds, and the guys, before you swim.
When we dress immodestly, whether we know it or not, we are simply calling for guys’ attention. The Bible says “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Dressing immodestly to attract attention to our bodies is not giving God glory at all, but instead drawing all the glory toward ourselves. When God made men he intended for them to be attracted to women, but not to love and see every women the way he will his wife one day!
In Proverbs 5:18 it says, “Let thy fountain be blessed and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.” God has designed men and women to be attracted to each other, but the verse also stated THE wife, not more than one; only one. Using swimming as an excuse to be immodest is helping men to disobey the Bible. Most times it’s the guys who protect us girls, but in this area we need to love and protect guys by keeping our bodies modestly covered. As mentioned in John 4:20, how can we love God, whom we have not seen, if we cannot love man, whom we have seen? Dressing immodestly to attract guys’ attention (whether knowingly or not) is not loving men.
As I mentioned before, there are many cute and modest ways to dress for swimming. I would like to share a few resources with you.
Skorts: These can be very handy for swimming; as the names suggests you have shorts and a skirt in one. Here is a good place to buy customized skorts, so you can get them as long as you want!
Men’s swimming shorts: Yes, that’s right men’s shorts! Most women’s shorts are made extremely short, so if you’re having trouble finding shorts that are long enough, just grab men’s. Trust me, they come in lots of cool colors and prints!
Dresses: Ever since I can remember, mom has made my sisters and I short dresses made out of beautiful stretchy swimming material along with leggings to wear swimming. There are many places where you can buy dresses similar to this.
I hope you are having a great summer with lots of sunshine and swimming! Please remember our glory as women to protect men during these summer months.
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