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The Beauty of Godliness

The Beauty of Godliness

Anchor Scripture: 2 Peter 1:4-7
Memory verse: 1 Tim 4:8B

 But godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

In our previous lesson, we saw that patience comes through trials and difficulties. We also discussed three reasons why we need patience. Today’s lesson shall examine godliness, what godliness is, what it does, how it is acquired and the place of contentment in Christianity.

The principal idea expressed by the word godliness is reverence toward God. It means consecration, holiness and righteousness. Godliness means Godlikeness. That’s being like God in true holiness and righteousness. Godliness also means the fear of God. Godliness must be expressed in two ways in our lives namely:

INWARDLY: This refers to the purity and cleanliness of the heart and soul before God. It is having a heart that is totally yielded to God, void of any blemish. When there is inward godliness, the believer must find joy and satisfaction in intense communion and fellowship with God (Psalm 73:28, Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 36: 26-27).

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

OUTWARDLY: Some people who want to justify their flaggerant display of carnality and worldliness argue that God does not look at the outward appearance of a man but only his heart.  But this is far from the truth as revealed in the scriptures. God looked at Adam and Eve and saw that they were naked, then He made clothes from animal skins and put it on them to cover their nakedness.  Inward consecration will show on the outside of a man. For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. When there is outward consecration, it will show in your words, dressing, the way you walk, the kinds of food you eat, the places you enter, the kinds of friends you keep etc. See Eccl 9:8, John 4:34, 1 Cor 15:15

Godliness is profitable unto all things. This profit is seen in two aspects:
A.   Relating to Temporal Life- 2 Peter 1:8, 1Tim 6:6, John 10:10b, Psalm 36:8, Matt 6:33
It guarantees all that a man will need in this life, be it good health, protection, long life, prosperity, success, favour, joy, honour, wisdom and blessings etc. Godliness with contentment is indeed a great gain.
B.   Relating to Eternal Life-Rev 21:3-4
Godliness guarantees eternity in heaven at last. The life which is to come will not depend on men’s academic qualification, social status or financial capacity but on their commitment to a life of godliness while on the earth. In heaven there is no more pain, sorrow or death. Godliness is the highway to heaven.

Primarily, the grace to live a godly life and to walk in the fear of God is imparted to the believer at salvation. When old things pass away, all things become new (2 Cor 5:17). Our desire to reverence God increases as our knowledge of God increases. As we grow in the knowledge of God, we find our lives patterned more and more after the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:2-3). Again, we need to follow after Godliness ( 1 Tim 6:11). To follow is to go after and to pursue persistently. Also we need to exercise ourselves unto godliness (1 Tim 4:7). As physical exercise is health and strength to the body, so is spiritual exercise health and strength to the spirit and enables us to live righteously. Moreover, we acquire godliness by putting into good use those talents, gifts and abilities that God endowed us with to expand His kingdom (2 Tim 1:6).


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 1 Tim 6:6-9

Concerning religion and contentment, Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:6-9, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit gives this heavenly equation: Godliness +Contentment = Great Gain.
There are three types of persons put for discussion.
Those who are rich (1 Tim 6: 6-8). What did we bring into this world? Nothing. What can we take out of this world? Nothing. So, then if we have food and clothes, that should be enough for us. Those who want to be rich, “The love of money is the root of all evil”. As Christians, we should flee these things and follow after righteousness.  Those who are rich in this world should not be proud but put their hope in the living God and do good works for God’s kingdom and for humanity. We should be rich in good work.

Beware of the earthly formula: Gain is godliness or religion is a way to become rich.  This is precisely how the ungodly understand Christianity. Such people are described as the enemies of the cross of Christ whose end is destruction (Titus 1:10-11, Phil 3:19). Though godliness is extremely beneficial to us, yet without brotherly affection and love, we are but a sounding cymbal.

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