In 2 Timothy 3:5, Paul says, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:  from such turn away.”

What is the difference between being godly and having a form or appearance of godliness?

Well, I feel that true godliness is more about your lifestyle and your actions than your words.  James said it this way, “Faith without works is dead!”  A truly godly individual should show it by living a life dedicated to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ.  Also, I feel true godliness is more about our heart for worship than our hind quarters occupying space in a church pew.   Going to church and even giving to charity can be mistaken many times for true godliness.  Neither of these is bad, but also neither is enough.  In addition, I feel true godliness is shown in your humility toward yourself and others.  A truly godly person will find life in giving to others and not in being consumed with self.  Lastly, I feel true godliness is best seen in tough times rather than in good times.  When the heat is turned up, the good and bad will rise to the top and true godliness or lack thereof will be fully on display.  

Father, make me to be truly godly, and not just exhibit an appearance of godliness.  Amen.

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