Add Godliness

I am sorry to be so slow in finishing this series on 2 Peter 2:5-11.  With Internet, computer, blog issues and school starting it has been difficult to get this completed.  I have also let my other ideas for posts take away my focus on these verses.  I shall attempt to write the last four posts beginning now with Add Godliness.

Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
  and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness,
  and in your godliness, brotherly kindness,
and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing,
they render you neither useless nor unfruitful
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted,
having forgotten his purification from his former sins.
Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent
to make certain about His calling and choosing you;
for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;

for in this way the entrance
into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
will be abundantly supplied to you.
2 Peter 1:5-11

Godliness is practiced devotion to God which permits God’s control of your entire life.

Godliness does not come naturally.  Being devoted to God is something that you have to make happen.  It is easy to think that if you make changes in your life it will be easier to be godly.  Some people have thought that if they just got married, or served God in another way or in another place or followed this plan or read this book or listened to that person, it would be easier to be devoted to God.  It is more likely that the thing that you are struggling with will become  a bigger problem, instead of improving.  It is better to deliberately do everything that God shows us in His Word.  We should make a day by day commitment to obey Him.

This commitment needs to include our whole lives.  Romans 12:1-2 reminds us that we should allow God to have entire control of our lives.

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

One area that is a problem for women to give completely to God is the mind.  Our thoughts which control our minds get us into big problems and do much to destroy our godliness.  We must give our minds and thoughts to God.  Selfish thoughts, thinking about what others do or think, thinking about what we think they are saying about us, worries and fears are thoughts that we need to allow God to control.  We need to be willing to let Him remove them if that is best.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

 But resist him, firm in your faith
1 Peter 5:6-9a

The result will cause us to see more clearly what God’s will is for our lives.  We will see what is good, acceptable to God and perfect.  We will be more godly.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep sober in spirit,
fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
As obedient children,
do not be conformed to the former lusts
which were yours in your ignorance,
  but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:13-16

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