Exercising Godliness

1 Timothy 4:7-8  But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.  8  For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

We live in a society that will believe just about anything we hear. If it sounds good then we usually swallow it hook, line, and sinker. We are reminded that just because something sounds right does not mean that it is right. God’s Word clearly teaches us that we should exercise Godliness, but what does that actually mean?

Many of the narratives, lessons, and principles being taught today are not biblical. The exercise of godliness comes through the application of the Bible rather than the ideas of culture. Exercising godliness is basically the practice of godly character. We have to refuse to operate by what the world teaches and learn to operate by what the Word of God says.

I think it is important to realize that these profane fables are often taught through the twisting of scripture. In other words, there will be a lot of people who try to instill ungodly ideas and practices into our lives by using scripture out of context. Spending time in prayer and God’s word along with submission to the Holy Spirit is key to exercising godliness. Exercise requires consistency. The results of exercise leads to better health. Exercising godliness is the key to spiritual health.