Saturday, October 16, 2010

Characteristics of a Godly Person (Part 1 of 3)

I was listening to a message the other day on a CD and the individual challenged the listener to read Psalm 1 and determine the characteristics of a Godly person. In reading the first three verses of the passage I believe we can summarize what a Godly person should look like. I have broke the three verses into three different posts. Here is verse 1.

Psalm 1:1 states "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;" [The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ps 1:1.]

Just this one verse has three different examples of someone who is considered to be blessed. The way this verse is setup is that there are three different parallels of the same subject and they intensify the expression of the message.

First, do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. In other words, do not be influenced by ungodly people. Do not be taken in by those who mock Christianity. If others are living their lives in rebellion to God, then don't be a part of it. Your lifestyle need not to be the picture of a dead end road. God has given you abundant life and you need to live a life of hope because He has given that to you.

This verse also tells us not to sit in the seat of the scornful. It is too easy to hang out with others who laugh at the mockery of Christianity. When God saved you, He set you apart for a purpose. That purpose is to glorify the Father. Your life should look different than before you were saved. When others scorn Christianity then you need to take a stand and not give your vote of acceptance by your silence.

Verse 1 is essentially saying that to be a Godly person you have to live a life that is different than the world. You cannot do this on your own but only through the blood of Christ. If He has saved you, then your life should look different than the world. My prayer is that you desire to be more like Christ everyday.

In Christ,
Doug Johnson

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