“Teach the younger women to…be discreet, chaste, keepers at home…”
Discretion: “Having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech; sensible.”
Satan knows our weaknesses so well, and this is one area where we must be vigilant in guarding against temptation.
Our speech, especially, is susceptible to a lack of discernment; and we could break off and do a whole study from James 3 about the “fire of the tongue.”
A beautiful woman will protect the reputation of others by her discretion; she will protect her own reputation, in fact. She will not be given to coarse language or crude conversations, and she will attempt to be thoughtful before speaking.
“When in doubt, leave it out”, could be the motto. As a side note, I’ve heard a study on the godly wife that encourages women not to talk more than their husbands in a social gathering, so it doesn’t appear that she “thinks” for the family. Which is really hard when you are talkative and your husband is not!
I think of the virtue of grace being closely associated with discretion. I challenge you to observe women the next time you’re in public. Note the women who appear to be graceful. Note the ones who are not. It is more and more a lost concept, and gracefulness is NOT being transferred to the young girls of this generation. When I see a graceful woman in public, she sticks out of the crowd.
A boisterous, over-powering manner of speaking is not beautiful; a loud and obnoxious speech is not graceful (let your speech be always with grace”).
Discretion is the kind, graceful conduct that ultimately places others first.
If you have ideas to add to the virtue of discretion, please feel free!
part 5: Make-over: Chaste?
Part 7: Make-over: Contentment is Lovely
Part 8: Make-over: Wise Women Build