There is an interesting fact connected with this word: in the concordance, right before godliness is godlessness. You need to get the one out of the way in order to get the other.
Stick-to-it-ive-ness is not a value of itself. It has to have something to stick to.
There is no instant godliness. By way of contrast, in salvation, justification is instantaneous. This in turn produces sanctification, a process. It’s the process of God rubbing off on us through:
*Fellowship with other Christians
*The example of others both in our own lives and in history
At the end of this we have acquired in practical terms something of the character of God.
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