“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.” 1 Timothy 4:8.
We all have freedom. It’s God-given. But to what extent are we free?
Sometimes, freedom is used for godlessness. It can take only one godless person to ruin many things. Where there is wickedness, someone is unwilling to give honor to whom honor is due.
One mischievous person may cost people their lives or their livelihood. I can’t even stress what it can do to a family and a community. Godlessness hurts oneself and others, whereas godliness can be a great gain to many people.
Be around someone godly and you will feel God’s awesome presence.
No matter how much physical training you and I do to look and feel well, it’s impressive to some extent only. In light of eternity, it’s the way we live that matters the most.
No one can say they never sin, but the godly person desires to become more and more like Jesus in the Spirit’s strength.
Do you admire people who display qualities that are a delight? Even if God allows suffering in their lives to make them beautiful from the inside out, they will continue to trust him. By doing so, they will look attractive to others and to their community as they reflect Christ more and more.
Surely, you and I don’t welcome suffering, but it makes us better people if we continue to trust God. While we may not feel better, we become better.
And God will reward us with the blessings attached to godliness.
Father God, enable me through your Spirit to live in a way that is right in your sight. Thank you for forgiving all my wrongdoings. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Invite the Holy Spirit to direct your thoughts and actions so that Christ’s beauty is reflected through you.
By Fab Batsakis
Used by Permission
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- How you can Walk in the Spirit – printable lesson (pdf file)
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