Proverbs 7:8-10 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart.
“Clothes don’t make a man, a man makes the clothes.” Most everyone has heard this comment, or a statement similar to it. However, is it really true? Not always.
If I describe a man, dressed in black leather pants, t-shirt, with a black leather jacket, black thick-soled boots, and a helmet, what comes to your mind? Be quick now, no fair thinking about it. Most of you probably said biker. How about this? A man or woman, in a fine pressed uniform with a badge above their heart. They have with them a flat saucer hat with a small badge above the bill of it. Around their waist is a holster with a pistol snapped shut on one side, and handcuffs on the other. Whom do you picture now? Most of us would say a law enforcement officer.
What you wear does matter, whether you want to believe it or not. People get a mental picture of the type of person you are just by your appearance. You might say, “That’s not fair,” and maybe it’s not. Nevertheless, you have just proved to yourself, fair or not, it’s true.
In today’s verses, Solomon tells his son of a certain type of woman. The first description of her is the way she is dressed. The attire of a harlot is how he describes her. He never tells us what this might be, and yet, each of us pictured in our mind what we think this attire might be. Fair or not, we did.
How people perceive us on first impression is important, and it’s our choice. We can be comfortable in today’s fashion, and yet modest in our apparel and appearance.
Some of you might be saying, what people think doesn’t matter. Yet, God’s word tells us we are to be a witness for Him in everything we do. This would also include our testimony by appearance. Before going out today, stop in front of your mirror. What are people looking at? My prayer is that they see all of you, as an example for Christ.
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