The Answer

 

The answer to godliness
isn’t found

in the world’s
systems and rules

but in the Word
made flesh

believed, received
Holy Spirit proved.

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I can live a godly life for You are with me.

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“It is quite true that the way to live a godly life is not an easy matter. But the answer lies in Christ, who came to earth as a man, was proved spotless and pure in His Spirit, was served by angels, was preached among the nations, was accepted by men everywhere and was received up again to His glory in heaven.”

1 Timothy 3:14 TLB

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A Ransom

 

There is one God
and one Mediator

our Lord
Jesus Christ

given as a
ransom for all

and at the right time
testified.

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You are with me and have ransomed me.

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“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,”

“who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

1 Timothy 2:5,6 NKJV

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The Goal

 

Love
from a pure heart

from a good conscience
from sincere faith

not giving need to
senseless disputes

but to godly edification
and grace.

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I can follow good godly instruction for You are with me.

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“. . .nor to pay attention to legends (fables, myths), and endless genealogies, which give rise to useless speculation and meaningless arguments rather than advancing God’s program of instruction which is grounded in faith [and requires surrendering the entire self to God in absolute trust and confidence].”

“But the goal of our instruction is love [which springs] from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

1 Timothy 1:4,5 AMP

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How Merciful

 

How merciful
You are to me

how kind are You
Jesus

for You filled me
with Your love

and showed me how
to trust.

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You are with me and have mercy on me.

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“But God had mercy on me because I didn’t know what I was doing, for I didn’t know Christ at that time.”

“Oh, how kind our Lord was, for He showed me how to trust Him and become full of the love of Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 1:13,14 TLB

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Traveling Light

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”  1 Timothy 6:7

This brings to mind a Bill Cosby comedy routine where his father would tell him he brought him into this world and he can take him back out.

Lord, we desire to keep Your perspective and priorities in mind today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Burdenless

We came into this life
with nothing

source – bubblecrew.net

and surely in it
we’ve nothing but Christ

and when it comes
time to leave

we’ll be carried off
oh so light.

Clearly Evident

“Some men’s sins are clearly evident, proceeding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later.”

“Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.”  1 Timothy 5:24-25

I am encouraged that while sins may be hidden at times, good just can’t be.

Lord, may those who are hurting and lost clearly see the evidence of Your goodness today.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Unhidden

source – neurodojo.blogspot.com

You are a good God
Who does wondrous things
and all that You do through us
testifies and sings

clearly evidence
unable to be stopped
that You are Who You are
Your goodness rising to the top.

Profitable

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable in all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”  1 Timothy 4:8

God just adds and adds and adds to our lives.

Lord, I thank You for always being the source of all that is good and profitable for us. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Shareholders

source – stock-trades.maxupdates.tv

Godliness profits always
and in all things
bringing us the promise
and understanding
of this life now
and what is to come
as heirs of Jesus
shareholders in His Kingdom.

 

 

A Good Testimony

“Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”  1 Timothy 3:7

I want to be One-sided . . .Jesus-sided.

Lord, we desire to live out our testimony and witness of Who You are, wherever we are.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Bearing Witness

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Inside, outside
upside down

may our testimonies
be found

oh so good and
all about You

what You have done
and are yet to do.

Apparel

“. . . in like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel . . .with good works.”  1 Timothy 2:9-10

God makes a way for us to have a beautiful wardrobe.

Thank You, Lord, for always knowing what is best for us. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Adorned

floral adorned doorway
source – fineartamerica.com

Seen by God
as fashionably
adorned with what
looks best on me
a smile, good works
and hand me downs
for free.

Longsuffering

“However for that reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.” 1 Timothy 1:16

Here are a few definitions of long suffering:

*quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation
*does not hastily retaliate or promptly punish
*opposite of anger
*does not surrender to circumstances or succomb under pressure
*endures lasting offense or hardship.

Lord, thank You for what You are doing in us despite of ourselves. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Enduring

source – christcenteredmall.com

Ever patient, loving kind
You aren’t quick to punish
full of mercy, You always work
on what is within us
for our good and the good
of others all around us
You use everything to show
just how much You’re for us.

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