FEATURE ARTICLE

Rev. Canon Nelson Ifeanyi IlunoTuesday, March 27, 2018
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Lagos, Nigeria

HUMILITY: A COSTLY GARMENT

umility is a costly garment every genuine Christian must wear. The Word of God says: "Clothe yourselves with humility…for God is oppose to the proud, but gives grace to the humble…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God , that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5: 5-7). Let us break this Scripture down into four points:

First point: "Clothe yourselves with humility." In this context, the word 'clothe', refers to a white scarf or apron that was typically worn by servants. Does that mean you have to conform to everybody's wishes? No; if you do that everybody else may like you but you would not like yourself, neither would God. Just be who God called you to be, and be willing to serve others as the opportunity arises.

Second point: "God is oppose to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less and putting others first.

Third point: "Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time." Throughout Scripture "the mighty hand of God" symbolizes two things: God's hand of discipline and His hand of deliverance, and you need both. So submit to His discipline and you will experience His deliverance.

Fourth point: "Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." Here Peter addresses one of our core human concerns: that if we do not look out for ourselves nobody else will. But if we really believe God "cares" for us we need not worry about serving our own interest. We are free to focus on the needs of others, confident that God will spare nothing when it comes to meeting our needs.

Nelson Iluno holds post graduate degrees in Theology and Church History from Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary, Abeokuta, and is a graduate of West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos. He is the author of A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms, Give to the Winds Your Fears, and Spiritual Formation, and has written numerous articles, contributed to daily devotional guides, and edits the Mothers' Union annual magazine. For more information email the author at [email protected]

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