___Do you get a lot of exercise and try to stay in good physical shape?
That is a good and valuable goal even if you don’t want to be a
___However, there is something even more valuable than being in good
shape and that is leading a godly life. Becoming familiar with the truth of
God’s word leads to godliness. Truly honorable, godly people show the
"fruit of the Spirit" in their lives (Gal 5:22-23). These--what you might
also call--"character traits" of the Spirit are: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Such traits
help us to be noticeably happier, stronger, more considerate and more
___Furthermore, when we lead godly lives, not only is it easier for our
family and friends to like us and get along better with us, it is even easier
for our enemies--and opposing teams--to live in peace with us (Prov
2 Pet 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness
through our knowledge of him . . .
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live
self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
Additional Referenced Verses
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Prov 16:7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live
at peace with him.
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
1 Tim 4:8
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