Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates is credited with saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
This line of thinking, developed nearly 2500 years ago, applies to our lives as Christian believers today. Let’s examine the question: What does it mean to be a godly man?”
The following 5 character traits come to mind when thinking about godliness, and living the kind of life the Lord wants for us. There are more than five, of course, but these are a few aspects of character worth cultivating.
A godly man is honest.
Proverbs 19:1 says, “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.”
As men after God’s own heart, it is vital for us to examine our words, our deeds, and our actions to see that they fall in line with God’s instructions for living, in order to fulfill His good plans for our lives.
A godly man is responsible.
Romans 14:12 says, “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”
As believers, our goal should be to leave lasting value, to impact others for eternity, and ultimately to take responsibility for the legacy we are leaving in the name of Jesus.
A godly man is generous.
2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
God’s Word, the Bible, shows us that generosity can and should extend not just within our own family or our most familiar community, but also to others who look, think, and act differently than we do.
A godly man is patient.
Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
When people refer to someone as having “the patience of Job,” they say that for a reason.
Job losteverything, but he didn’t take matters into his own hands to seek justice for what he had lost. He fell to his knees and worshipped the Lord, and then he was still. In the quiet of his soul Job knew God had a plan, and in the end God restored to Job twice as much as he had in the beginning.
A godly man is humble.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Jesus may have been born in a stable, but the Son of our Creator God was anything but ordinary. He lived a humble life, but performed miracles along the way, and showed us what it means to be a humble servant leader among men.
What greater humility is there?
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