Growing in Godliness

Growing in Godliness

Exercising Godliness requires no special levels of training or expertise.  It isn’t reserved for certified spiritual leaders, with degrees from preaching schools and Bible colleges.  I can practice it right now, over the course of this day.  So can you.

Godliness is displayed thru the smallest, daily actions:  making my daughter’s bed and breakfast, showing up for work on time and being prepared, visiting a friend who’s having a hard time, mailing a get well card to someone who is sick, helping load groceries for an elderly lady in the parking lot.

It’s readily available for you and me.  I should train myself in godliness, as Paul writes to Timothy (1 Timothy 4:7).  Look for opportunities, and make it happen.

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“Godliness” is rooted in the Greek, eusebeia, and can be translated as being devout, as displaying a piety which is characterized by a Godward attitude.  The word means behaving in a manner well-pleasing to God.

My knowledge of truth leads me to Godliness, as referenced by Paul in Titus 1:1:  “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness…”

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That truth is described as “the mystery of godliness” in 1 Timothy 3:16:  “And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great:  He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”

We can come to a knowledge of Him thru his word, revealed by the Spirit in the Bible.  This is described by Peter, who writes:  “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).

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