Painted Lips

Painted LipsI grew up in a religious tradition that emphasized outward appearances. Most Pentecostal groups frowned on what they called “outward adornments” like wedding rings and other jewelry, and women cutting their hair or wearing short-sleeves. At one time in my own childhood denomination, it was encouraged that the women all wear the same church-designed white dress on Sunday. Women wearing makeup was also strongly frowned upon.

In the first church I pastored, one older man from the Assemblies of God made a habit of greeting women at the church door by calling them “Jezebel” if they were wearing make-up.

The stain of gossip is more ungodly than painted lips on a woman’s face.

He who lacks wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace. A gossip reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter (Proverbs 11:12-13).


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