“11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,..” – Titus 2:11-14
Godliness is the reverence for God that produces a practical awareness of God in every area of life. It is the attitude towards God that results in actions that please Him. God is always at the center of thoughts of a godly person. Godliness engenders three essential traits: fear of God, grasp of God’s love and a hunger for His presence.
The fear of God is the soul of godliness. It is the alphabet of spiritual life. In Jeremiah 32:40, the fear of God is portrayed as a blessing from God to His people. “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.” The apostles Paul and Peter write about the fear of God that induces holy living (cf. Philippians 2:12, 1 Peter 1:17). Scripture references fear of God in two distinct ways: an anxious terror and reverential awe. The first is produced by imminent judgment upon sin. Adam hid from God in fear when he sinned. Reverence for God, on the other hand, focuses on His majesty, holiness and glory. A godly person sees God as majestic and holy before seeing as Him loving and merciful. Godliness refuses to be callous or careless when approaching God or dealing with things that matter to Him. The Bible warns of severe consequences in approaching God casually (cf. Leviticus 10:1-3). For us to develop the fear of God in our lives, we need to have right understanding about the character of God, a constant sense of the presence of God and a regular awareness of our duty to God.
The second essential element for Godly living is to be gripped by God’s Love. Godly people appreciate the Love of God. The supreme demonstration of the love of God is on the cross (cf. 1 John 4:8-10). The Love of God has no meaning without the cross and is devoid of any sense without understanding the wrath of God. It is not enough to believe that God loved the world – we must grip with it personally. Our love for God is a response to His love for us (cf. Romans 8:38-39). The third element in godliness is to have a hunger for God and for His presence. The realization of God’s holiness will help us to fear Him and His love towards us will help us to devote ourselves to Him. True Godliness creates a desire in us to enjoy His presence and fellowship (cf. Psalms 27:4, 42:1, 63:1).
To practice Godliness on a daily basis, we need to connect to the source of power (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:5-6; John 15:4; Colossians 2:6-7). The Holy Spirit gives us a new desire and new life. We need to develop godly habits (Colossians 3:1-14). Finally, we need to grow in the Lord and faith. We need to pursue growth which is progressive and never finished. Godliness has value both in this world and in the world to come. May the Lord help us to live a godly life that pleases Him at all times!