Godliness means “reverence and respect for, and devotion to, the God of the Bible. Godliness is being spiritually-minded, that is, always doing what is well-pleasing to God. This involves my thinking, my attitude, my actions, my reactions, and generally speaking, my behavior. Is it possible to be a christian and not be godly? The answer is definitely yes. On the other hand, there are some non-christians who seem to live a more godly life than some christians. In listing several christian virtues that will supplement our faith, the Apostle Peter concludes, “Whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins” (2 Peter 1:3-10). Here, Peter states certain reasons for ungodliness among christians.
Godliness is also the quality of my innermost being, which is, the seat of my understanding and desires and that means how I think, how I respond, and how I feel. Godliness is absolutely essential for spiritual growth and maturity in the christian faith. With a spiritual mindset, we are better able to please God.
Godliness requires obedience to God. It is impossible to be a godly person without obeying God. The Bible is God’s inspired word and it is “truth.” In His priestly prayer to the Father, Jesus said, “Sanctify them through your truth, Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Truth is on the decline in our society today. But God’s truth stands forever. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Luke 21:33). Here we see that the holy scriptures are "permanent."
What does a godly person do? Here are a few examples that are worth noting.
A godly person worships God in “spirit and in truth,” Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Notice the “must,” meaning that worshipping any other way is unacceptable to God.