October 7: Modesty

October 7
Modesty

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Then their eyes were opened, and they both realized that they were naked. They sewed fig leaves together and made clothes for themselves.
–Genesis 3:7

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I want women to show their beauty by dressing in appropriate clothes that are modest and respectable. Their beauty will be shown by what they do, not by their hair styles or the gold jewelry, pearls, or expensive clothes they wear. This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.
–1 Timothy 2:9-10

Acts Chapter Twenty

ACTS CHAPTER TWENTY

 

1 When the commotion had concluded, Paul

Called the disciples in, encouraged them,

Said his good-byes and went toward Macedonia.

 

2 He traveled through that area, provided

The people much encouragement, and came

To Greece, 3 where he resided for three months.

 

He was about to sail for Syria

When he discovered that the Jews had made

A plot to ambush him, so he resolved

 

To backtrack and return through Macedonia.

4 Along with him were Sopater the son

Of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus

 

From Thessalonica (Secundus too),

Gaius from Derbe, also Timothy,

And Tychicus and Trophimus, two Asians,

 

5 Who went ahead of us and waited at

Troas for us. 6 We sailed from Philippi

After the Feast of Bread Unleavened, and

 

In five days joined with everyone else at

Troas, where we remained for seven days.

7 We came together to break bread the first

 

Day of the week, and Paul addressed the people.

Because he meant to leave the next day, he

Kept talking up to midnight. 8 In that room

 

Upstairs where we had met were many lamps.

9 A young man named Eutychus, sitting on

A window sill, was sinking into sleep

 

As Paul kept talking, and, when sound asleep,

Fell down three stories to his death. 10 Paul went

Down, took him in his arms and said, “Don’t be

 

 

Alarmed. He is alive.” 11 He went upstairs

Again, broke bread and ate. He talked ‘til

Daylight, then left. 12 The people took the young

 

Man home alive and were much comforted.

13 We went on to the ship and sailed for Assos,

Where we expected to take Paul aboard,

 

As Paul arranged, for he went there on foot.

14 He met with us at Assos, where he came

On board with us and went to Mitylene.

 

15 The next day we set sail from there, arriving

Off Kios, and the next day we crossed over

To Samos, and on the next day arrived

 

At Miletus. 16 Paul had decided to

Sail on past Ephesus to keep from spending

Time in the area of Asia, for

 

He sought to reach Jerusalem, if it

Were possible, by Pentecost, 17 so from

Miletus, Paul asked Ephesus to send

 

The elders of the church to him. 18 When they

Arrived, he said to them: “You know how I

Lived the whole time I was with you, right from

 

The first day I came in the province of

Asia, 19 and with humility and tears

I served the Lord, although the Jewish plots

 

Severely tested me. 20 You know I have

Not faltered when I had the chance to preach

On anything to help you, but have taught

 

You publicly– from house to house too. 21 I’ve

Declared to Jews and Greeks alike that they

Must turn to God, repent and put their faith

 

In our Lord Jesus. 22 Now the Spirit has

Led me to go on to Jerusalem,

And I do not know what will happen there

 

To me. 23 I only know that in each city

The Holy Spirit warns me prison and

Hardships are facing me. 24 However, I

 

Value my life as nothing to me, if

Only I may conclude the race and finish

The task that the Lord Jesus gave to me−

 

The task of testifying to the gospel

Of God’s grace. 25 Now I know that none of you

I met when I was preaching of the kingdom

 

Will ever see my face again, 26 so I

Declare to you today: I’m innocent

Of all men’s blood, 27 for I have not held back

 

From my proclaiming to you God’s whole will.

28 Keep an eye on yourselves and all the flock

Which you must shepherd by the Holy Spirit.

 

Be shepherds of the church of God, which he

Has bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after

I leave, some savage wolves will come among

 

You and won’t spare the flock. 30 Out of your own

Group men will come and twist the truth so as

To draw away disciples after them.

 

31 Therefore, be on your guard! Remember, for

Three years I never stopped reproving each

Of you both night and day with tears. 32 Now I

 

Commit you to the Lord and to the word

Of his grace, which can build you up and give

You an inheritance among all who

 

Are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted

Anyone’s silver, gold or clothing. 34 You

Yourselves do know these hands of mine supplied

 

My own needs and the needs of my companions.

35 In everything I did, I showed you that

By this kind of hard work we need to help

 

The weak, remembering the words the Lord

Jesus himself said: ‘It’s more blessed to give

Than to receive.’” 36 When he had said this, he

 

Knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 They all

Wept as they hugged and kissed him. 38 They were grieved

The most by his remark they would not see

 

His face again once he began this trip.

Then they accompanied him to the ship.

 

S.D.G.