Friday

Real Life

Godliness, holiness, growth in Christ
Godliness is not a popular subject, even among Christians. It's hard to represent values that are contrary to our fallen human nature and in conflict with our world.

But when we leave godliness out of our presentation of Christian life, we present a god who:
  • Accepts but never transforms 
  • Suggests but never commands 
  • Forgives but never disciplines 
Many are preaching this kind of god, some very successfully. And they will always have followers because their message appeals to our selfish nature.

Despite what these philosophies teach, God's love is not permissive. He doesn't unconditionally accept our bad behavior (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 1 Peter 4:12-19).   

Renewal begins at the foot of the Cross when we confess our sins and accept Christ's love, but it doesn't stop there. It continues in a life devoted to growing in godliness and knowledge of God, a life that includes teaching, rebuke, correction, and training (Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Philippians 3:7-16). 

Let's not shrink back from godliness, but embrace it.

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