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Characteristics of a Godly Person
What makes a godly person? What is required for someone to be called “godly”? Here are a few characteristics.
A Godly Person Loves God
A godly person is one who loves God with all his heart, body, mind and soul and others as himself. Notice this is two-fold. You must love God and others. You can’t love God without loving what He has created. You can’t love the Creator without loving His creatures. We are sons and daughters of God Almighty. We are a family. And as godly people, we should love others...even our enemies.
A Godly Person Loves Others
A godly person treats everyone as part of the family of God. We should be concerned about others... our sisters and brothers in Christ. When they hurt, we hurt. When they have a problem, that problem should become our problem. When they rejoice, we should rejoice with them. When they become successful, we should feel as if we did as well. There should be no jealousy in the heart of a godly man or woman because God is no respecter of persons. What He has done for your brother or sister, He will do for you... in His own time...in proportion to your obedience to Him.
Follow the Examples of Jesus
We should follow the example of Jesus. Throughout the gospels, we read that Jesus had compassion on people. He loved people. A godly person loves others to the point of putting them first and foremost. A godly person loves the unlovable and people who are different.
What Makes A Godly Person?
A godly person follows the commands of Matthew 6:33 by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness knowing that all things will be added unto him.
A godly person knows the word of God and shares it often with others. That person uses every “teachable moment” as a golden opportunity to witness about Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
Godly people share what they have learned. Their gift of knowledge never lay dormant. It is renewed over and over as they share it with others. What they share will live on even after they have left this world. Their teaching could be their legacy.
A godly person is one who has high moral standards and is a good example and a role model for others. There is no question about a godly person’s integrity and honesty. His word is his bond. People believe in him because he is dependable. He is not wishy-washy. He can be trusted.
Godly people practice what they preach. They are not one way in public and another way in private. They are not one way on Sunday morning and another way Monday through Saturday night. They know their reputation is what others think of them, but their character is who they really are.
A godly person sees a need and fills it without finding fault, whining or complaining. A godly person is part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.
Why are godly people so special to God? We are so special because we live by His word. We do glorifies Him and edify others. We let our light shine so that others might see our good work by giving God the credit without trying to make a name for ourselves.
God loves godly men and women because we go out of our way to live for Him, to honor Him, to glorify Him and to praise Him for who He is rather than for what He can do for us.
Keep these things in mind if you are unsure whether you are a godly man or woman:
- You are godly if and only if you love God with all your heart and you strive to please Him.
- You are godly if and only if you follow the example of Jesus Christ keeping your face like a flint toward what is good, honest, true and just.
- You are godly if and only if you allow the Holy Spirit to empower you to be led and guided into all truth.
Godly Men and Women . . .
May God forever bless all of you. May heaven smile upon you. And may the work you do speak for you, all of you, you Godly Men and Women.