I have often paused when reading the verse in 1 Timothy
I don't quite think that the saying,
'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'
fulfills what Paul is talking about... :P
4:7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales;
train yourself to be godly.
8 For physical training is of some value,
but godliness has value for all things,
holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come.
there is a certain science to it.
ways to create;
and general good health
and that makes me wonder what
'training myself to be Godly'
Paul tells Tim to set an example
in some key areas... 4:12
- speech - my words....
- life - my conduct
- love - choosing to care well
- faith - unwavering no matter what my situation
- purity - in my mind, my actions, my words
Godliness -> promise for this life
and the next....
I dive into Your word
that it might instruct me
on how to be Godly.
I listen to Your Spirit
as He applies truth to my life
I ask forgiveness (again)
for the areas that I have been
and Listen again
as You prompt me to
cling to You well
That I might be more pure
for Your work
(that's a bit more than washing my hands!)
and for ever...
....That's what I want.