Monday, 2 January 2017

'HOW DO YOU DRESS?'

"In like manner also, that wo(men) adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety: not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array" - 1 Timothy 2:9
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Paul's letter was written to Timothy to address believers on how they're expected to dress. This is not for women alone but men can also learn from this truth.
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There's a way believers are expected to dress and a way unbelievers are known to be dressed. If there's no clear distinction between how you dress when you were in the world and now that you're in Christ, what has Jesus saved you from?
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Believers in Christ are expected to dress modesty (1 Tim. 2:9). Modest apparel means decent dressing because all things must be done decently (1 Cor. 14:40). Anything other than being decent is immodest.
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It is immodest to dress/wear cleavage revealing tops, too tight clothes that reveals body details, sagging of trousers, wearing crazy jeans, short skirts or gowns that uncovers what needs to be covered when you sit or that shows your lap skin.
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The major purpose of dressing is that it must cover your nakedness (Gen. 3:21) but today's dresses are revealing nakedness. Why do you dress: to glorify God, to glorify self or please men? Everything done, including dressing must glorify God (1 Cor. 10:32; 6:20).
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It is immodest to wear clothes that are transparent or that shows the color and pattern of your underwear. God is interested in how you dress, this is why He made coats of animal skin to cover Adam and Eve as opposed to the fig leaves they used to cover themselves.
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An immodest dressing is the one that conforms to the practice and culture of the world which doesn't glorify God. Shoulder-less tops, underarm or back revealing clothes should not to tolerated in the body of Christ.
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How can you claim to be a new creature in Christ when your dressing still portray worldliness? God hates worldliness (James 4:4).
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Do you want to be a friend of God? Let your dressings please God, not men or self.



By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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