Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Yesterday I was reading your tract, "Keep Thyself Pure". The second sentence reads like this, "Paul's injunction to Timothy, 'Keep thyself pure', has encouraged the saints through the millennia toward godliness". When I read the word "godliness", the word seemed to jump off the page and I instantly felt like I had a new understanding of what it means to be godly.
It kind of came like this . . . What is it that God spends ALL of His time doing? Or, what is it that God is ALWAYS doing? The answer . . . good to us. He is constantly doing good things for us and towards us. Whether it be leading, teaching, correcting, you name it, this is what God is doing, all of the time. This is a big part of what makes God, God (if not all of it).
In turn, the essence of what makes a person godly is to be doing what God is doing (in the same Spirit that He is doing it in); namely, good towards others (this is in the same vein of the email I sent you last week). It also means, of course, to keep oneself from sin (but that is not a problem for God, and it ought not be a problem for us).
That was it, but that was very good to me! It seemed to open up a whole new understanding of God to me (through the understanding of what He is ALWAYS up to!)
That is so good! If we are like God, we are who people see us to be, whether they are looking or not. A godly person does not have a secret, sinful life.
Another point that could be added to this is that a godly person learns how to do good for others. We know by our own experience that desiring to do good for others and actually doing it are very different things. Everybody on earth starts out with wrong ideas about good and evil, and Jesus has to rescue us from doing people harm when we think we are doing them good. Jesus warned his disciples that the day would come when some people, thinking to do God (and His people) a service, would try to kill them.
Really being like God is, and really being like God all the time is real life. May God help us do that!