Next To Cleanliness?

Godliness.  I woke up thinking about godliness this morning.  (Is it proper to capitalize the “G” in Godliness or is godliness acceptable as well?)  In either case, I was thinking about godliness this morning and wanting to research it a little bit and share some of the things I came across.  The Greek word that is translated in the NLT as godliness means to be devout or to fear God.  It has to with devotion to God and reverence for Him.  This character trait of godliness is directly related to faith.  Look at what Peter wrote:

“Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.  The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.”  — 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NLT)

The goal of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love is not to think that one has arrived at a destination.  These character traits help us become more productive and useful to the cause of Christ.  The Holy Spirit works in us, through us and with us to bring about these changes in our lives.  We must submit to the Spirit’s power and we must work with the Spirit to add to our faith these character traits.  To not grow in these traits is to forget that one has been cleansed from one’s sins.

God has cleansed us from sin!  This thought must permeate us in thought, word and deed.  This thought not only brings joy to our souls, but it also reminds us of the challenge to live lives of moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patient endurance, godliness, brotherly affection and love.  As we live these changed lives, we are useful to God’s Kingdom in partnering with Him to change lives for His glory.  May we live faithful, devout, reverent, godly lives for God’s praise and honor.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, help me to live a life of godliness today.  I want to be more like Jesus and I want to productive for His cause.  I want to see more people come to know Him as a result of my life.  May You receive all of the glory and the honor and the praise.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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