What is a Godly Man? Some Attributes
by Don Burrus
We talk a lot about it, but I’m sure many men have different ideas what it means.
Dictionary defines Godly as: god•ly (gdl)
1. Having great reverence for God; pious.
Maybe an image some may have of a Godly Man is a dry, stiff & pious dude without fault, never loses his cool, is the perfect husband, father, and leader of men, can recite entire books of the Bible from memory – and does frequently, the one others naturally expect & look to in a group to pray, mild and meek, never farts, or laughs at themselves, never has to endures the loss of jobs, or the disappointment of betrayal by friends or family conflicts, never truly knows the struggles, pain, regrets, failures, and self-doubt of those less “godly” than himself. He is not the most interesting man in the world, but yes, the most “pious” and he and everyone else knows it. If you look closely you will notice the halo radiating around his head.
No, this man does not exist!
Instead it is regular guys like you and I if we are willing to surrender our will to His. Reading the Word, it speaks of a godly men being highly imperfect, but willing to lose their life to save it.
(Psalm 37) identifies many traits of a godly man. He grapples daily with temptation, pride, and just living in this fallen world, but not being of the world. He has learned the true meaning of self-control and humility.
A godly man works hard at an honest living doing his best to provide for his family, but doesn’t love the pursuit of money, or having the most toys, wandering from true faith and piercing themselves with many sorrows. True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
Though it may be a daily struggle, he learns not to become angry and strives to avenge wrongs suffered by wicked people; he trusts that the Lord will settle all debts on their day of judgment.
He learns to trust in the Lord and strives to act with integrity even when one’s looking, committing all he does to Him, while resting on the promise that He will richly bless the godly man that does this.
The godly man learns to be still in the presence of the Lord and wait on His lead and answer to prayer.
He loves his wife faithfully, above all else, is willing to die for her, but would rather live to be the man she needs him to be for her.
The godly man prays diligently for, and teaches his children by word and example to follow God, and trust in him. He trains and girds them up to withstand a world increasingly hostile to God’s law.
The godly man continues to put his faith in the Lord, even though the path he travels maybe hard and world is mocking him.
The godly man’s steps are directed by the Lord, He delights in us, and when he stumbles, he never falls completely because the Lord holds him by the hand.
The godly man both encourages his brothers in faith, and stands beside them in tough times, ready to pick them up or allowing others to speak truth also into their lives.
The godly man is honest in business and his endeavors, loves peace & kindness, especially for those less fortunate and willingly gives of his time or even opens his wallet freely to help another or further the Good News.
He rubs shoulders daily with his non-believers friends and co-workers, shows love for them, prays for them, and while they may never accept the Good News he shares with them, they know he lives an authentic life.
He is willing to stand for his faith despite great risk or derision, as he knows his battle armor is a belt of truth, a bullet proof vest of righteousness, combat boots of peace, a shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and his sword, the Word of God.
The godly man knows the Lord is his strength and shield. When he is weak, the Lord is strong.
And unlike the non-believer, the day of his death is not draped with sorrow but great joy and celebration.
When he is gone, a godly man leaves a legacy of a good life he can be proud of for his children and for everyone whose lives he touched.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”
(Psalm 1:1-3 )
Let us endeavor to live as godly men