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Do you enjoy meeting new people? Some people love it, but others become uneasy. One of the easiest things to understand about someone you’ve just met is their personality. Spend a few minute talking to them and you’ll quickly know if they are shy or outgoing, serious or a jokester, a talker or a listener. What is more difficult to understand when meeting someone for the first time is their character, or lack of it. Character is the attitude we have toward others and our commitment to live in an ethical way. We often need to know someone for a while to understand their character.
As followers of Jesus, Peter challenged us to develop our character. He said in 2 Peter 1:5-7, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” (NIV 1984) As the passage indicates, character has many facets. We should develop all these different traits. This week, we will look at the trait of godliness.
The word’s background in the ancient world described an ethical person, one who had good conduct. It included respect for God, for government and for others. Godliness includes piety, but results in far more than religious practice. Join me this week as we explore godliness.
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