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“Decorous Dressing”

Key Verse

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array” (I Timothy 2:9).

Text — 1 Timothy 2:9-10


A decorous dressing is one that properly covers one’s nakedness. It not only covers one’s nakedness but makes one to appear smartly glorious and beautiful to the glory of God (Exodus 28:40-42). Dr. Luchestein remarks that, “The so-called crimes of passion are increasing alarmingly, and will continue to do so until the principal cause is eliminated. This seems to me to be the present style of dress, which to say the least, is immodest. Immodest dress has a direct bearing on crime incitation, no matter how innocent the wearer may be.”

In our text, the words modest, shamefacedness and sobriety jointly emphasize decorum. According to Collins Online Dictionary, “a woman can be described as modest when she avoids doing or wearing anything that might cause other people to have sexual lfeelings towards her.Shamefacedness is another word for being very modest or while sobriety is being sober or serious, or refraining from excess. Dressing like harlots (Proverbs 7:10) to seduce others  attracts divine punishment (Zephaniah 1:8). So dear one, dress smart and decent without appearing ostentatious.


Refraining from excess


Glorify God in your dressing.

Prayer for today

Help me, Lord, to be decorous in dressing.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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