Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Ungodly

Pastor said it Sunday and it opened up a train of thought for me. My daughter posted it on G+ (shared privately or I’d share the whole post):

Ungodly = anything that does not include God

I know, it sounds simplistic, but to have godliness, God must be included. Otherwise we find:

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:2-5 KJV)

We do read more of what godliness isn’t”:

If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:3-6 KJV)

There is focus on what godliness is, too:

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8 KJV)

I recently touched on including God in everything:

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)

Whatever we do, do for the glory of God. That will include Him in every moment of our lives. It will help keep us close to Him, even though we know our sins can be forgiven:

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. (2 Samuel 12:13 KJV)

If you think that sins have value, little ones versus big ones, take a look at the list of those headed for the lake of fire in Revelation 21:8!

The Psalmist asked God to search him, and gave reasons:

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24 KJV)

God knows us. He knows our sins and He knows our godliness. He knows when we are outside His will. The way we know we are within His will is to have Him our thoughts every hour of every day – not just meeting we set up for Sunday mornings. When our very nature takes into consideration what He has in mind for mankind, for all of us.

How can we be certain we are in His will? When we can honestly confess our sins to Him and just as honestly pray, “Thy will be done.”

(If you don’t know where Agape fits in, please click on the graphic)

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