Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #20 --- Godliness

Quotations on Godliness

The root or source of ... symmetrical character is godliness. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Psalms 111:10) and obedience to the Lord is the continuance of wisdom. ... Godliness of character [gives] a right conception of [one's] duties.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 28, 1920.

The godly life is the happy and peaceful life, the life full of meaning and the life full of good works. ... Character counts most of all, and character cannot be developed without the exercise of godliness. Godliness is profitable for the life here and now. Jesus came to bring the kingdom of heaven to the hearts of men and through a life of godliness we can enjoy its benefits here and how, and prepare for the kingdom that is to come.

—Eugene N. Duty, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., March 23, 1936.

There is a difference between mere morality and godliness. Indeed, one may keep the laws of God without being godly. The word means doing God's will because of love and reverence for Him. If we might be allowed to coin a word expressing its meaning, it would be something like Godwardliness. We do right with the thought of God before us.

—Mattie M. Boteler, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1920.

Godliness is the ability to love people. God loves us not so much because we are good, but because He is good.

—Hartman Rector, Jr., Trumpet, Rome, Italy, June 1971.

The greatest joy of godliness is the joy of service.

—A. Preston Gray, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., July 2, 1923.

One of the strongest helps to a godly life is the knowledge of some other life influenced, for good.

—W.H. Johnson, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 28, 1905.

To be godly is to live so that our lives will reflect that beauty of character, beauty of mind and spirit possessed by Jesus of Nazareth.

—Theo Matthews, Cumorah's Southern Messenger, Mowbray, South Africa, October 1959.

To those who carry heaven with themselves through godliness of living and obedience to divine command, every place has the potentialities of heaven in it.

—Willard Done, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 15, 1927.

[Read 1 Timothy 4:7-8.] Godliness brings a love that deepens the sympathies–sympathies for the weak, the struggling, the sinful and the mourning. Through godliness faith is developed, a faith that takes hold of God, grips the future and spans every chasm of doubt and fear. This faith endures. Godliness develops purity and, "blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." See Him now while in the midst of life's problems.

—C.E. Wyatt, The Pensacola Journal, Pensacola, Fla., April 26, 1931.

Godliness [is] piety towards God. ... A godly man reflects the glory of the light of Christ but the beams of that light are sure to fall across the pathway of his fellowmen, so that in his godliness he supplies brotherly kindness. That is true Christianity which loves and obeys God, and loves and helps men.

—J.D. Chapman, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., March 15, 1894.

It is most reasonable that Godlikeness should be a condition of effective praying. If prayer be communion between the soul and God in which God does all the things we have contended, then the nearer the soul in character is to God the easier it will be for the soul to reach up to God, and the easier for God to come into the soul.

—Charles L. King, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, June 28, 1953.

Godliness is a well-directed reverence for God and His laws, a reverence that issues in conformity to these laws, and in efforts to be godlike.

—Charles L. King, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, July 13, 1958.

Godliness, or hunger for God [is] a sense of our dependence upon God.

—D. Webster Kurtz, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 1, 1926.

Godliness is not a religious opinion of God. It is not simply an impulsive wish in the direction of that which is good. ... Godliness is internal. It is the light of the Son of God in the heart, whose fruits are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, patience. Its seat is in the disposition and will, in the conscience and affections. Life consists in being something, not in having something. Life in its highest sense and deepest meaning is unfolded only under the great aim of giving God glory and doing good to men. Shall we choose to live soberly, righteously and godly in the present world?

—Albert S. Lutz, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 9, 1908.

Godliness is the great foundation of the Christian life, implying as it does, that the whole being of the individual is permeated with the idea and the ideals of God. Thus it becomes not simply the motive power of the religious life, but it becomes the power by which we choose that which is noble and right for the Christian life to do.

—Harry T. Moore, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 22, 1913.

"Godliness with contentment is great gain." (1 Timothy 6:6.) Paul does not say that contentment may be found in one's self, but in godliness.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 5, 1936.

The only source of enduring godliness and peace is the actual indwelling presence of God at work in the heart and in the life. His presence is obtained only as we seek it, as we ask for it, as we pray for ourselves and others.

—Ernest S. Sansom, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Feb. 22, 1925.

It is very easy to be religious, but it is an entirely different matter to be godly.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 18, 1943.

"Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live." Godliness is a contraction of Godlikeness. Ungodliness, therefore, is the state of being unlike God. Anything unlike God, all things unlike God, should be repudiated. This is the way Jesus did and this is the way to live. Anything unlike God is unlikely to be good, hence is either spurious or marred. ... "By the renewing of the Holy Spirit" is the way the Bible says a man may become like God. (Titus 3:5.) This dual fact, adopted by anyone, makes one better and helps that one to live. Keep not the law for fear of the law, but keep it for the love of God, righteously and Godly.

—W.A. Hamlett, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 16, 1906.

Godliness is Godlikeness. Godliness is a thing pleasing to God in the life of His children. It is to be attained by being like Christ, who is the image and likeness of God. Christ is the manifestation of God. ... He who has seen Christ and has seen the manifestation of the Father, and he who aims to be more and more like Christ is more and more a true child of God and a godly man. The greatest of all duties ... is to ... live after the pattern of true manhood Christ has given, and to proclaim to the world about us the beauty of Christ and the power of His love. As Christ is the image and model of the Father, so are the Christians to become in every relation more like the pattern set up by the Savior.

—W.A. Hamlett, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 5, 1907.

We must live godly. All human virtues must have divine roots. Nothing in life is ever perfect until it connects up with God. To live godly means that we must live like God, not in degree, but in kind.

—J.H. Snowden, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 17, 1922.

Godliness is conducive to bodily strength and health, since it enjoins temperance and prudence. The man of true piety possesses the highest, most worthy, and most dignified knowledge. His knowledge is of the infinite, while ungodly knowledge is, at best, only of the best of the fruits. The man who possesses this godliness inspires and holds the honor and confidence of his fellowmen to the highest degree, because it inculcates those very virtues--truth, honesty, fidelity to duty, self-denial and self-sacrifice--which men honor and trust most truly. It is the foundation of all true happiness in this life.

—G.B. Strickler, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 5, 1894.

Godliness is a state of mind which is toward God, as the sole object of adoration and religious reverence, the central, supreme object of its trust and love. It controls our moral conduct by the love and fear of God. Godliness is inward in its nature and power. It masters one's being only as he comes into a consciousness of God's majesty, power, and glory. Steps to godliness include purity of mind, cleanliness, dedication of all one is to that which is high, holy, and good. It also includes purification of the inner man, and growth in Christian grace. True godliness according to Paul is the only assurance of long life and enduring happiness. To Timothy he said, "Exercise thyself rather unto godliness: for bodily exercise profiteth little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:8.)

—W.R. Wagoner, The Baptist Training Union Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., March 1948.

Godliness means our duties to God which grow out of our relationship to Him. Our test of godliness is unfaltering and unquestioning obedience. We may not see the reason of His laws, the philosophy of His commandments and promises, but if God commands it our faith and loyalty are shown by prompt obedience. Obedience to God's commands are the simplest and easiest duties we are called upon to perform. Shall it not be permitted to suggest that a failure to comply with them shows a spirit of absolute disloyalty? To be ungodly is to be an openhanded sinner. Is not then ungodliness the most difficult sin to be forgiven?

—C.P. Williamson, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., May 21, 1894.

We must learn to be godly: not to wear long faces and try to make a show of godliness or piety, but we must cultivate the Spirit of Christ, learn to be tender and good, kind and polite, learn to manifest absolute perfection, the blessed Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who never became impatient, but was always loving, tender, merciful and kind, doing good all the time and never doing evil, and this matter of godliness deserves more attention probably than on an average we give to it. We are watched and criticized by the world and we ought to manifest godliness anywhere and everywhere. Well, but you say there are places where godliness would be out of place, or would be like "casting pearls before swine." (Matthew 7:6.) Well, you ought not to be in those places. Where it is not proper and prudent to be godly, to manifest the Spirit of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, where every manifestation of our Lord would be out of place, we are not where we ought to be. Flee from that place, it is a dangerous place to be. God does not allow His children to be where ungodliness and brotherly kindness are out of place. He recognizes His children as members of one family, and all of us heirs of God and joint heirs with our Lord Jesus Christ, and since we are journeying to the same place, navigating the ocean of life to reach the same peaceful port, since we expect to get to that blessed land and to be brothers and sisters forever, is it not meet and proper then that we should cultivate brotherly kindness here?

—T.B. Larimore, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec, 7, 1890.

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