Train Yourself in Godliness

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Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7 NLT

It’s amusing watching people argue over things that seem meaningless; even if they are passionate about their cause. There are those who want to engage you in a debate about something that is clearly stated in the Bible. The Apostle Paul said that those discussions and arguments are a complete waste of time.  Stay clear of such discussions. Instead, train yourself to be godly.

When people think of training, they usually think of two kinds of people: the athlete and the employee. The athletes engage in training with the purpose of changing their bodies. As they go through their exercises, their bodies begin to change. When you watch athletes compete in lifting weights, you know beyond the shadow of a doubt, that they didn’t begin training last week. They began with lighter weights and as their bodies changed, they moved on to weights that were heavier. They train so they can be successful at lifting heavy weights.

Now many athletes who compete in sports use weights to help them improve their game; weights are part of strength training. While you expect football players, especially those who protect the quarterback, to train with weights, you might be surprised to find that those who play basketball and cricket train with weights also. So training is an important component of success as an athlete.

In the same way, people of faith need training in goodliness. Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God,” So it begins with grace. As a result of God’s grace, we train in godliness as we say no to godless living and sinful pleasures. As you say no to the things of this world, your godly muscles begin to change. Well, how can you do that? Read and apply the word of God to your life; just like the athlete, you get benefits when you do it. So do it: train yourself in godliness.

Thought for Today: Friend, say no to godless living and sinful pleasures.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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