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Holiness standards for my daughter?

Submitted: 4/24/2006
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Question: Im a recently converted Pentecostal from Baptist. I was baptized in Jesus' name and recieved the Holy Ghost. My question is, my husband is an unbeliever. He has no problem with the standards for me, but making my daughter wear dresses, not cut her hair, etc. he has a problem with. How should I handle this?

Answer: This is a difficult issue and we do not have enough information to answer you definitively on what to do. For example, if your daughter is 15, that would be different than if she is 5. The 15-year-old can contend for her own desires to dress a certain way. The 5-year-old doesn't really care too much about such matters.

1 Peter 3:1-2 gives this wise counsel: 'Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.' We have found that husbands will often come around when their wives show a spirit of respectful submission. Arguing, debating, and trying to force the issue is not likely to bear positive fruit.