When I was growing up in the 1970s, women and girls wore slips beneath their dresses and skirts. Does anyone even wear these anymore?
A slip was a satiny fabric intended to smooth and free your dress from clinging to pantyhose or tights. It also served as a barrier to prevent your silhouette from being seen if the dress was sheer. It was a necessity for modesty.
All too often, a slip malfunctioned, and dropped a bit beneath the dress or skirt, its snowy white fabric becoming visible for all the world to see.
It was a kind and lovely gesture to be alerted to this faux pas by another woman, before anyone else noticed. There seemed to dwell a common understanding—a golden measure of solidarity between women back in those days. Far more so than now, I am afraid. A touch on the elbow, a gently whispered “Your slip is showing, dearie.” And off one would race to the powder room to make the necessary adjustments.
What if we, as sisters in Christ, could whisper to another woman: “Your slip is showing!” meaning, Warning! Your sins are on display.
Perhaps you are disrespecting your husband, or have become entangled in the spider web of gossip, or are embittered with weighty discontent and a complaining spirit?
The loving whisper from another, “Your slip is showing,” is the mark of a genuine friend, isn’t it? One who loves you enough to alert you to the inherent dangers of your indwelling sin?
Or perhaps you are humble enough to gratefully receive such correction, but find it nearly impossible to confront a fellow sister?
Scripture is not silent on these matters. God’s Word speaks truths meant to embolden believers:
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17)
We need the counsel of godly friends amid this crazy world, don’t we? And if we cannot receive correction with humility and appreciation, may we remember Proverbs 9:8 “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”
To be wise is to be like Jesus—loving others enough to confront sin in a spirit of kind boldness. The end goal is always repentance and restoration, not embarrassment. To be a scoffer is to be like Satan, haughty, boastful, and far from God.
Be bold today, speaking truth in love, and tell a sister if her slip is showing. But before you alert her, take heed, and first make certain your own slip is in order.