Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
Having A Godly Character
None of the graces mentioned by Peter are of greater importance than the other but godliness is clearly a foundational element of the whole ideal that makes the Christian unique. This quality will define the motives and actions of the person who is seeking to mold their character in the image of Jesus Christ. By its nature, godliness is the becoming the image of God. Having a Godward attitude is where true devotion comes from and creates a desire to please God in every part of life. Adding godliness to perseverance is the bond of faith helping the child of God become more like the person of the Father. Developing a God-fearing spirit removes the dross of the carnal man. Godliness is the silver that shines brightly in the world of darkness reflecting the purity of truth, righteousness and holiness.
Faith becomes stronger when godliness is exercised with the virtues of knowledge, self-control, perseverance, brotherly kindness and love. Abounding in the graces of the Lord, a Godward spirit motivates the heart to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. The continual battle of the flesh and spirit are tempered by the desire of pleasing God showing godliness in action, thought and deed. Striving to maintain a strong faith believing the Lord will reward the diligent servant is made easier with godliness. As the fragrance of the beautiful flower, having a devoted heart will help bring love to the relationships of God and man. Godliness is the summary of all the graces mixed into one with the desire to follow all of God’s word and show the character of Christ in life. His divine power has given all things that pertain to life and godliness. Exercising these traits in the spirit of the Christian will create a bond of greater strength and courage.
True piety is an essential part of the Christian character. A deep and reverential heart worships the Lord in truth seeking ways to become more like Christ. Anger is removed with godliness. A haughty spirit is humbled by the character of a pious heart. Jealousy, wrath, dissension and a host of evils that plague the heart of men will be overcome through the practice of godliness and the Christian graces. Brotherly love will replace envy because the character of God lives within the mind of a godly person. Godliness summed up is becoming more and more like the Father seeking to let His light shine in our lives by the way we talk, our attitudes, the manner of our dress, a work ethic that sets us apart and an example that is without reproach. Godliness will transform the man of the world into a man of God. Paul reminded his readers that godliness is profitable for all things and will bring contentment. Peter shows the importance of adding the virtue of godliness to the diligence of making the call and election sure. Godliness. It is much needed in our lives. Live for God and you will see God.