Godliness

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness” (II Peter 1:5-6)

Usually we think of Godliness as the developing of character that is at least some reflection (however dim) of God. There are places in Scripture that teach us that we are to become more and more like Him. As Jesus’ life enters those who are born again, the Holy Spirit using God’s Word makes us more and more like Christ. As this grows and is strengthened, making us more like Jesus, we are becoming more like God. However, In the II Peter passage, Godliness is related to worshiping God, reverently acknowledging His worth. We yield to Him, honor and praise Him, serve Him, listen to Him, express thanks-giving to Him, lovingly enjoy His Presence, etc. Interestingly, as we do this, we do become like Him, in some measure. Each of these qualities that we are considering combine to make us mature Spiritually. It is very important to keep in mind that God’s Word is the instrument that He uses to purify and refine us. Ponder these thoughts found in Joseph Addison’s hymn, “When All Thy mercies, O My God:” “When all Thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys, transported with the view, I’m lost in wonder, love, and praise.Ten thousand thousand precious gifts my daily thanks employ, and not the least a cheerful heart which tastes those gifts with joy.Through every period of my life Thy goodness I’ll pursue, and after death in distant worlds the glorious theme renew.Through all eternity to Thee, a joyful song I’ll raise; for O, eternity’s too short to utter all Thy praise.” Selah! “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2).       Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com   

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