As you know by now, the Holy Spirit taught me that godliness is the opposite of worldliness. As a godly saint you should have qualities in your life that set you apart from those who are in the world, after all we are meant to be a peculiar people. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14 KJV, emphasis mine).
I like that term, “peculiar people,” which is used in the King James Version of the Bible. A peculiar person is someone who stands out from the rest of the crowd. More importantly, as a saint, you are meant to be a peculiar person who stands out from the rest of the world.
Now I could probably list over two dozen godly qualities that should be seen in every believer. However, I want to focus on just ten of them. These are qualities that should be found in every saint, which are often not found in world. These godly qualities were created in your spirit when you became a new creation, and you became a partaker of the nature of God. That is the result of knowing God as your heavenly Father!
Here are ten of some of the most important godly characteristics that should be seen in the life of every saint:
The first quality I would like to share with you is HUMILITY. A godly saint should always be humble, when the world is often self-centered, proud and arrogant.
The second is LOVE. We should always walk in love with everyone we meet, when the world is often selfish and unkind.
The third is HOLINESS. We should always live a holy life that honors God, when the world has no interest in living in a manner pleasing to God.
The next is PURITY. We should keep ourselves unspotted from the sinful lifestyles we see around us, even though the world often delights in those who participate in those things.
Then comes GRATITUDE. We should always be thankful for everything we have, even though the world rarely acknowledges that God is the One who has given us all good things to enjoy.
Then BOLDNESS. God wants us to be bold and courageous, when it comes to righteousness, not like the world who often will not stand up for those things that are right in God’s sight.
FORGIVENESS. God wants us to be quick to forgive, when the world often holds bitterness and resentment against those who have wronged them.
TRUTHFULNESS. God wants us to be honest, when the world is often deceptive and devious when dealing with others.
WISE. The Lord wants us to conduct ourselves in godly wisdom, when the world often acts foolishly and doesn’t think of the consequences of their actions.
REVERENT. The Lord wants us to walk in the fear of the Lord, even though the world may have no reverence for Him at all, and may even take delight in the irreverent remarks made by others.
GENEROUS. God is generous toward us, and He wants us to be just like Him, even when the world is often selfish and stingy.
COMPASSIONATE. The Lord wants us to be moved with compassion toward the needs of others, even though the world may seem indifferent to those in need.
Finally, CONTENT. The Lord wants us to be content with what we have, and trust Him to meet all of our needs, not like those in the world who are always complaining and never happy, even when they get more.
Now, of course, this is not a complete list, neither is it in order of importance. It is just a cross section of the various godly traits that should be seen in every saint. These qualities set us apart from the world, and, if they are seen in your life, then you will indeed be one of God’s peculiar people, zealous of doing good works.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations he been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., unless otherwise noted]