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Godliness (2)

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Reverence for or devotion to God, producing a practical awareness of God in every aspect of life.

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Examples of godliness in the OT

Enoch; Noah; Obadiah; Hezekiah; Job

Examples of godliness in the NT

Simeon; Anna; Nathanael

Jesus Christ:

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Cornelius and his family:

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Barnabas; Ananias

God has a special concern for the godly

“the godly” (sometimes translated “the saints”) is often used in the OT to refer to God’s people.
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Godly living

Godliness should be seen in the lives of believers

2 Peter 3:11 NIV
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
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Jesus Christ is the beginning and end of godliness

The model and the power for godly living derives from the incarnate Christ.
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The basis for godly living is true teaching about Jesus Christ

1 Timothy 6:3–4 NIV
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
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Godly living demands self-discipline

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Sorrow for sin is a sign of godliness

2 Corinthians 7:10–11 NIV
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

The benefits of godliness

Its value in both this world and the next

1 Timothy 4:8 NIV
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Its present blessings

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The promise of future blessing

Titus 2:11–13 NIV
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
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Godliness does not guarantee escape from suffering

Psalm 12:1 NIV
Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.
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Apparent godliness may not be genuine

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