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The Value of Godliness

September 25th, 2011
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From my friend Weedon’s blog:

The other day in the Treasury of Daily Prayer the reading was “for godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Tim 4:8) It struck me again how utterly true that is: “promise for the present life.”

Godliness, the life lived in communion with the Blessed Trinity, receiving all as gift and offering thanks and praise to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and loving service to our neighbor – well, there’s just not a better way to live, is there? I remember hearing someone remark along those lines: if the whole thing were a fraud (which, of course, it absolutely is not!), still living here as a Christian is better than any other way of living. And when we remember that this present joy is only the appetizer for the Feast??? Wow!

When we see the immense sadness that sin brings in our lives when it is embraced, coddled, even celebrated; when we see the untold damage that doing your own thing does to you as a person and to those around you – then we appreciate even more the words of St. Paul about godliness and we pray that we might always hold them in our heart and help others to see that repentance and faith landing us in doxology and service really IS what life is all about.

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  1. Brooke
    September 26th, 2011 at 09:18 | #1

    I just receieved the Treasury of Daily prayer and am praying the morning, evening and meal prayers now with/for my toddler and baby. I also received the LW September issue and enjoyed an article on Angels p. 28 immensely!

    The way of Christ is the way of truth and brings fruits of joy and peace. The way of the world brings confusion, sorrow and troubles. You can never get or have enough of anything in the world but Christ brings contentment and true enjoyment of life.

    I also just enjoyed a liturgical service on Sunday and was blessed by an amplified sermon on the Gospel reading. One part mentioned was –do not worry about how others are in Christ but worry about your own walk.

    Often, I like to investigate every nook and cranny of anything I do before jumping in but with God, He chooses us and we can not do this in the Spiritual realm. I am taking a leap of faith and hoping to be changed by His grace daily!

  2. Brooke
    September 26th, 2011 at 09:20 | #2

    I receieved the Treasury of Daily prayer and am praying the morning, evening and meal prayers now with/for my toddler and baby. I also received the LW September issue and enjoyed an article on Angels p. 28 immensely!

    The way of Christ is the way of truth and brings fruits of joy and peace. The way of the world brings confusion, sorrow and troubles. You can never get or have enough of anything in the world but Christ brings contentment and true enjoyment of life.

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