TODAY’S MEDITATION – The Lord has given you everything you need for living a godly life (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Here we learn that the power to lead a godly life comes from God. My brother, my sister, none of us has the resources to be truly godly. Throughout His life on earth, Jesus was discreet, humble and caring. My friend, a godly life is the development of your inner-self, your character that will produce spiritual fruit from your real and secret relationship and commitment to Christ. It is not just a feeling or a personality you display for people to see and applaud: ten hours of prayers a day won’t make you godly if you have not yet asked your brother who is angry with you to forgive you, if you have not stopped lying, if you have not repented of your sins, etc. You see, God sent Jesus to pave the way for us in order to allow us to “share His divine nature” , keep us from sin and help us live for Him. Unfortunately, today, so many people claim to be Christians while their way of living does not look Christlike: they lie blatantly, they don’t care about the others but themselves, etc… It is true that salvation is individual. But the Lord Jesus taught us to forget about ourselves first but to care and serve the others. My friend, someone who is truly godly does not need to say or display it. Imagine a pig saying: “look how dirty I am after plunging into the mud? or “look how fat I am?” That’s exactly what we are doing when pretending to be what we are not as Christians: we are mocking ourselves! The Bible says, “flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:6). Therefore what you claim is not necessarily what God says about you. You see, our words don’t verify our actions (many people say something but don’t do what they said!). But our words define our actions; so, it is the words we speak that define who we truly are (if you say you will do something and don’t do it, you make yourself a liar!). That is why we are sometimes surprised by what some people do or say to us… They are just telling you who they truly are! You cannot say you care for others while your actions show you are an interested person. You cannot say you love Christ when you pick and choose to follow only what suits you in His teachings. A truly godly person must be able to decrease as Jesus increases in Him (John 3:29-30). Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.