Building GodlinessPosted: October 22, 2013
Parents as the maturest (hopefully you are) Christians in the home, we know godliness is highest of virtues. For those who don’t know what I mean by godliness, I will give a brief description.
Godliness is the outward affect of living within God’s will. God’s will, in general, is for all people to live according to his commandments.
It is the will of God that we not sin. It is the will of God that we have no other gods before Him; that we love our neighbor as we love ourselves; that we refrain from stealing, coveting, and committing adultery. Yet the world is filled with idolatry, hatred, thievery, covetousness, and adultery. The will of God is violated whenever His law is broken.1
As we practice living under God’s will, the more others will see God through our actions, which is godliness.
Godliness is the result of spiritual training, and like physical training, it takes effort.
Paul say’s in 1 Timothy 4: 11
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.
How do we train godliness in our children? Where do I start?
Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to be posting twice a week on critical character traits that we need to improve in our own life, but also in the lives of our children.
Traits like honesty, compassion, kindness, self-control, consistency, and justice to name a few. We will be diving in over twenty character traits that will help improve you and your children to be godly.
First Post is How to Build Honesty
R. C. Sproul. Can I Know God’s Will? (Crucial Questions Series) (Kindle Locations 91-93). Kindle Edition. ↩