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Purity is also reflected in how you pose for pictures. Who woulda thunk?

I remember when I perceived being told that “I was sexy” as a compliment. Like many young women, I subconsciously bought into the idea that my image was made for public consumption. It is almost unavoidable living in this hypersexualized society fueled by cravings of the flesh. Many girls and women, including those within the four walls have been lured into this trap of lust. We have been groomed to contort our bodies and facial expressions in manners that appeal to the sexual appetite of the audience. Many reading this will wrongfully and prematurely exclude themselves and refuse to associate with the type of woman I am describing. I get it.

Let’s pause and define the word “sexy.” Sexy means sexually suggestive or stimulating; concerned predominately or excessively with sex; or radiating sexuality.

As someone who now practices purity in a wholistic manner, I am no longer interested in taking pictures that radiate sexuality. And let’s be honest: photos can do that all on their own. As the old adage goes— a picture is worth a thousand words. Hence the popularity of certain magazines. As a woman who views her body as a temple of the Most High God and not something to advertise as an item of lust, I am no longer interested in taking sexually suggestive photos.

So here I am having to relearn how to pose in front of a camera. I am confident and secure enough to put my beauty on display, yet modest enough to keep my sexuality private. Posing modestly is not about hiding myself, it is about revealing my dignity.

Here are a few scriptures that I’d like to leave you to consider and meditate on:

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a beautiful woman who is without discretion [her lack of character mocks her beauty].”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭11‬:‭22‬ ‭AMP‬‬