1 Timothy 4:7-8 “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
Last week’s devotion, “Yielding to the Master Architect,” taught how your desires in conflicts should ultimately be to reflect Christ by the fruit of the Spirit being expressed. Today’s devotion will focus on how to reflect Christ in all you do, especially in conflicts. You will find today’s verse quite helpful in learning how to reflect Christ not just in conflicts, but in all of life. Foremost in dealing with conflicts is your attitude and commitment to Godliness. I always say, if you have to ask if it is wrong, you know you should not do it. You should always err on the side of Godliness. We spend a significant amount of our time trying to grow and improve, but do we put an equal effort into Godliness? Books and books have been written on Godliness, but I suggest three key elements for living a Godly life: 1) Ask God to give you one conviction from your daily quiet time, 2) Memorize Scriptures that highly impact you, and 3) Seek related Scriptures to deepen the impact.
Approach every quiet time as an opportunity for God to impart one thing in your life (conviction) to move you to greater Godliness. Write an application for that conviction. Continue uplifting and praying on the conviction God has given you, so that He can touch and transform your life. These convictions naturally create the need to memorize Scripture. Key convictions should create a strong desire to memorize what God is putting on your heart. Memorizing the Scripture God is using to create a key conviction will allow Him to constantly move you to greater Godliness. Convictions and Scripture memory will naturally create a desire to follow the Scriptures in those areas God is working in your heart. You can follow the Scriptures by cross referencing the key verses of which God has convicted you which will allow Him to further illuminate the convictions He has placed in your heart. Just Google the key thought by asking for Scriptures on that thought. Do not cut God short in the work He wants to do in your life!
As you make this a lifestyle, God will start to root out godless myths, which I call deceptions. Every follower of Christ has deceptions that direct and control his/her life. Allowing God to transform these deceptions to His ways will radically change your life. Almost every week God pulls back the meaning on an important Scripture in my life that is rooted in deceptive beliefs or behavior. My ability to understand and allow God’s work is dependent on my pursuit of truth and willingness to allow God’s transformation.
Today’s verse 1 Timothy 4:7-8 makes one other pivotal point in this process of Godliness – live above reproach. Take hold of and live God’s promises, so that your life holds no debt against you. Consider how you deal with hurts, unforgiveness, and reconciliation compared to what God desires in Philippians 2:14-15: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” God wants you to be without fault even when it goes against the ways of the world. Unfair? Not if you are committed to Godliness. Your drive and commitment for living above reproach is defined in Romans 13:8: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” Today’s verse leads us to who God is in 1 John 4:16: “God is love.” Allowing love to take precedence over everything in your life takes you to the center of God’s heart which is the root to reflecting Christ.
Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
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