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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul speaking to Timothy in his first epistle to Timothy said:
Ekklesia,
Grace to you.
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself
rather
unto
godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This
is
a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
- Timothy 4:7-9
We are to exercise ourselves unto godliness. This is a faithful saying and worthy of acceptance. Paul goes on and tells us, "But godliness with contentment is great gain" (1 Timothy 6:6).
What is godliness? Sometimes it is easier to tell what it is not. Jude, speaking of ungodly sinners, describes them: "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling
words
, having men's persons
in admiration because of advantage" (Jude 1:16). We see from this passage that ungodly behavior has to do with murmuring, with complaining, walking selfishly after our own desires, and speaking in such a way as to draw attention to ourselves.
What does God do with murmurers? Paul tells us that the things in the Old Testament were written for our examples and for our admonition.
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. . . . Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
- 1 Corinthians 10:6, 10-11
As we exercise ourselves unto godliness, let us put away murmuring and complaining.
Paul teaches us, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;" (Titus 2:11-13). The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. That grace teaches us to live soberly, righteously, and godly - looking for and waiting for the glorious appearing Jesus. The grace of God teaches us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts (selfish desires).
Why should we want to be godly? David tells us, "But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD with hear when I call unto him" (Psalm 4:3). David tells us that we are sanctified (set apart) for Him. The advantage to us is that the LORD hears the godly when they call.
". . . Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men" (Psalm 12:1). David shows us here that godly men are faithful men, and in his time they were disappearing. Perhaps we should be calling on the LORD for help in our times also.
"For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him" (Psalm 32:6). The godly man may pray and be protected. David made this statement after confessing his sin and iniquity and after God protected him from the penalty of sin. Surely we can call on the LORD when He may be found and confess our sins and faults and find forgiveness and help.
Paul tells us the blessings of a godly sorrow and contrasts that with the worldly sorrow: "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death" (2 Corinthians 7:10). The godly sorrow brings repentance which results in deliverance. The sorrow of the world results in death.
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