“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness”. 2 PETER 1:5-6
The previous meditation was on perseverance, which we defined as cheerful endurance. Though this is a requirement for a life of faith, it is important to note that this trait is not peculiar to Christians alone. There are lots of sportsmen who have known the importance of grit if they would ever emerge as champions. This brings us to something that is uniquely Christian’s; that is, godliness. Those who will make a full proof of their walk with God must cultivate godliness. Simply put, godliness is God-likeness. It is mimicking God in words and conduct. Another way of describing it is choosing the path of holiness.
Titus 2:12 can give us another perspective to the issue of godliness. In this place ungodliness is hinged to worldly lusts. To be ungodly is to be hooked to the pursuit of what the world has to offer in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. Flip that and you can say that godliness is hinged to longing for the things that are heavenly. Colossians 3:1 says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God”. The godly person has his or her focus firmly fixed on how to please God and become eventual partaker of the things reserved in heaven.
FURTHER STUDY: 1TIMOTHY 4:1-8
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, keep me exercised in godliness.