Friday, September 23, 2016


But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1st
Timothy 6:6
Read: 1st Timothy 6:6-10, (KJV)
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is
certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation
and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful
lusts, which drown men in destruction and
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred
from the faith, and pierced themselves through
with many sorrows.
Godliness implies a kind of reverence for or
devotion to God which produces a practical
awareness of God in every aspect of life. True
godliness is a way of life that permeates every
aspect of life, from appearances to actions. A
godly person cannot help but transmit and radiate
godliness in a way that anybody who comes in
contact with him or her will immediately feel the
presence of God. Consequently, deceptive
godliness in speech or action is not compatible
with the Word of God. According to 2nd Timothy
3:5, apparent godliness may not be genuine; the
passage calls it “Having a form of godliness”.
Meanwhile Titus 2:11-12 says:
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live
soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
From the above passage, it is clear that godliness
can be interpreted as a measure of the level of
sanctification of a child of God. The Bible in a few
cases used the term “walking with God” to
indicate the level of godliness of some fathers of
faith. Examples of godliness in the Bible include
Enoch in Genesis 5:24:
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for
God took him”
And Noah in Genesis 6:9:
“…. Noah was a just man and perfect in his
generations, and Noah walked with God.”
God demanded godliness from Abraham in
Genesis 17:1
“…I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be
thou perfect.”
And Abraham in turn confirmed compliance in
Genesis 24:40 with the statement
"...The LORD, before whom I walk..."
Other examples of godliness include Simeon in
Luke 2:25, Anna in Luke 2:37, and Cornelius in
Acts 10:2. Therefore, godliness is mandatory as
an evidence of knowing God and being known by
According to 1st Timothy 6:6, godliness should be
accompanied by contentment. The Bible teaches
that sorrow for sin is a sign of godliness and
godly living demands self-discipline. The benefits
of godliness cannot be over emphasised, 1st
Timothy 4:8 tells us that godliness is profitable
unto all things, both in this life and in eternity.
Today’s memory verse emphasises that godliness
with contentment brings great gain. It is also a
sure defence against covetousness and all
manners of trials and temptations which is the
main source of backsliding and apostasy in the
Church of God today. May the Lord have mercy!
Prayer Point:
Father, please give me the grace to live above
covetousness and greed in Jesus’ name.
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