Tuesday June 20, 2006
Characteristics of Godly Living
The culture we live in places great emphasis on physical fitness. However, the Word of God tells us that “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things” (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV).
There is a simple way to grow in godliness: give Scripture priority in both your personal and professional life. You will know that you have given the Word its proper place when your time of biblical meditation brings deeper satisfaction than your other pleasures. The more you allow scriptural principles to shape your decision-making, the more you will be like a tree firmly planted by a stream, able to withstand the storms of life. (Psalm 1:3) Besides being continually nourished and strengthened, you will also produce abundant spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Indications that you are maturing in godliness include: accepting God’s pruning in order to have increased fruitfulness; demonstrating the patience to live by His timetable; investing yourself professionally and personally for the benefit of others; and being content, even when circumstances are less than optimal. In addition, long periods of worry will diminish, but when fear does arise, you will rest in God’s sufficiency. (Philippians 4:13)
As we frame our viewpoint with biblical principles, adjust our behavior to the Lord’s standards, and invest ourselves in the life in others, godliness will characterize us more and more. The heavenly Father is pleased as His children’s resemblance to Jesus becomes increasingly noticeable. Let’s pursue Christlikeness with all our strength.
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