In his book The Practice Of Godliness
, Jerry Bridges seeks to define godliness by examining what scripture says about Enoch. The bible says in Genesis 5:24 that Enoch “walked with God.” Then, in Hebrews 11:5 it says that Enoch “pleased God.” So, Bridges concludes that those who are godly are those who walk with God and desire to have a life that is pleasing to Him. Is that a description of your life? Do you seek to walk with God and live a life that pleases Him and brings Him glory?
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Probably the best description of a godly person that I know of in scripture is found in Psalm 1. In Psalm 1, the psalmist identifies three characteristics of a godly person. He begins the psalm by saying, “Blessed.” The word used here could also be translated, “Oh the blessedness” or “happy.” The idea is that a person with these character qualities is a person who’s life will flourish and be blessed by God. Consider the first of three characteristics of a godly person.
Separate From The World
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (Psalm 1:1, ESV)
A godly man or woman is separate from the world. I love the way the ESV translates verse 1. Blessed is the man (Or Woman) who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; (Psalm 1:1, ESV)
A godly man or woman will not listen to advice or carousel from the wicked, nor will they linger in the way of sinners, and the will not laugh with those who scoff and mock God. Instead, he or she has a holy fear, a holy reverence of the Lord which results in separating themselves from those who would corrupt them. Paul reminds and warns the believers at Corinth by saying it this way, “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33, ESV)
Now, this doesn’t mean that a godly person will alienate themselves from the unsaved; it means that they don’t allow the unsaved to gain influence in their lives. I love what John says in 1 John; 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17, ESV)
According to this verse I should separate myself from anything or anyone that keeps me from enjoying the Father’s love or having a desire to do His will.
Next week we will continue to look at the three characteristics of a godly person found in Psalm 1.
Action Step For D-Group Leaders
D-Group leaders should have a desire to walk with God and model Christ-like attitudes and actions. As evangelist Bill Stafford used to say, “Your talk talks, and your walk talks; but your walk always talks louder than your talk talks.” What does he mean by this? How does it apply to making disciples? We not only share godly principles with those we invest in, but we show them that we have a desire to live godly lives by putting into practice the principles we share.