The word ‘Godly’ has been in the news quite a lot recently.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, caused less than a little controversy when he accused certain people of not being ‘Godly’.
But what does it mean to be ‘Godly’?
Are you Godly?
Things pertaining to Godliness…
You care what God thinks.
You pray, “Let everyone who is Godly pray to You” (Psalm 32:6).
You read the Bible, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness. Godliness is profitable for all things” (1 Timothy 4:7).
You care what God’s word says.
You are willing to stand up for a Biblical truth even if it means losing friends or popularity.
You put God first.
You listen to worship music.
You fellowship. You worship Him.
You dislike bad language, blasphemy of the Lord, and bad morals.
You confess to being a Christian and are not ashamed it.
You love God. The Lord has pre-eminence in your life.
You look forward to an eternity with Him because you believe His promise of a permanent and glorious home in heaven.
The biggest clue to know if you really are GODLY is… “All those who live GODLY in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Why is that? It is because the UNgodly do not like Godly people!
“He who turns away from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:15).
“He who is upright is abominable to the wicked” (Proverbs 29:27).
An UNgodly person could be someone who keeps the laws of the land, does nothing particularly bad, but are still Ungodly if they don’t care what God thinks, who God is, and has no interest whatsoever in God or the Bible, or is an atheist.
Another type of UNgodly person is in 2 Peter 2:5.
Another type of UNgodly person is in 1 Timothy 1: 9,10.
And another… “UNgodly persons who turn the grace of God into licentiousness and deny our ONLY Master and Lord, Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4).
“But know that the Lord has set apart the GODLY man for Himself” (Psalm 4:3).
“The Lord knows how to rescue the GODLY from temptation” (2 Peter 2:9).
“Do not My words do good to those who walk uprightly?” (Micah 2:7)
Copyright. Christine Smith. 2022. Living Devotions UK
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