Godliness Encyclopedia

Godliness.

Godliness, sometimes translated piety, comes from the Greek word meaning "well devout", and it refers to a manner of living that is totally pleasing to God. It is connected with holiness, and certainly includes it, but is broader. Godliness or "devoutness" involves our motives, our attitude, and our conduct in the sight of God. Christ is the perfect example for us in this (1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 5:7).

The “mystery of godliness” is described in 1 Timothy 3:16; i.e. the secret to maintaining a godly walk here in this world. Many people believe that the secret to maintaining a godly walk here in this world is to keep a list of strict disciplines. But the law, in any of its forms, will never produce godliness. The secret of godliness is a Person. Only a relationship with and occupation with the Person of Christ will result in godliness in our lives!
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