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Six Great Bible Quotes on Godliness

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

Six Great Bible Quotes on Godliness

Six Great Bible Quotes on Godliness

Everyone makes a personal judgment as to whether or not he or she is godly. That judgment may be based on one of the following definitions or something similar:

  • “God-like beauty and intelligence more than the average individual” (Urban Dictionary).

However acceptable these definitions may seem, Bible guidelines offer more specific detail concerning a godly lifestyle.

Here are six great Bible verses by which those who profess godliness can measure themselves. There are others, for sure, but these provide a comprehensive guide, covering all aspects of daily living beginning with the thoughts. They will help guide the focus of the godly person, and can be very effective if stored in the mind.

1. Thoughts and Attitudes

Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4: 23

It is common knowledge that our thoughts determine who we are and what we do. Most Bible students are familiar with the verse (Philippians 4: 8) which tells us what to think about: things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and commendable. But what is a person to do when a bad thought enters the mind?

The verse in Ephesians stresses renewal. Not merely brushing aside the ungodly thought, but replacing it with a godly thought, and that involves the work of the Spirit. Thoughts and attitudes do not change from ungodly to godly until we make it a habit to have the Spirit filter them.

2) Speech

Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Ephesians 5: 4

Obscene stories . . . these are not for you.

Obscene stories . . . these are not for you.

What does a godly person talk and not talk about? This verse is an excellent reference to keep in mind. It does not forbid all story-telling, talking and joking —only those that are offensive to the standards of godliness, inciting or promoting immorality and disgusting in similar ways.

The verse furthers tells us what to talk about—thankfulness. That takes care of negativity like complaints, criticism, and humiliation. In essence, it prompts us to speak positively about ourselves and others; and it is not unusual for the godly person to include reasons for gratitude to God in a friendly conversation.

3) Appearance

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3: 3, 4

Primarily addressed to women, this verse tells us not to evaluate our worth by what we wear—a principle which is appropriate for both genders. It does not encourage us to neglect our appearance. It stresses that beauty is not put on, but put forth from the inside; that to God, the author of godliness, the beauty of our inner spirit is more important than our outward appearance. There is another verse in 1 Timothy 2: 9, 10 which advises that our clothes should be modest, decent and appropriate – the influence of our inner beauty.

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4) Conduct

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Ephesians 5: 3 (New International Version)

This verse calls for integrity in all family, social and business relationships. Just a hint of ungodliness in the conduct of godly people attracts the judgment of those who know the standards of godliness—and understandably so, because it is not becoming. It is expected that the fruit of the Spirit— “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5: 22, 23) will be demonstrated in the conduct of the godly person.

5) Media Choices

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. 2 Timothy 2: 22a


In the Bible commentary, the following are listed as by-products of lust: covetousness, incest, homosexuality, vulgarity, profanity, and lewdness—the desire to excite sexual desires in an offensive way. These ungodly acts are not limited to the youth; in fact, some young people become discouraged watching adults lose in their struggle against these vices. The advice is to run from them. Would that include refusing to watch them on television, visiting them on websites, feeding them into the mind through books and song lyrics? The verse tells us what to run from as well as what to run after. Godly people will look for media sites and products promoting godly living.

6) Relationships

Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2: 22b

Reflection Poll

It is difficult for godly people to enjoy the company of people who show disregard for godliness. That said, it does not encourage rejection of the ungodly; but advice from various sources encourages us to keep company with the people whose virtues we would like to emulate.

Pure hearts attract pure hearts. The godly person in pursuit of wholesome relationships will find him or herself drawn to other people who lead godly lives.

Bible verses quoted in this article are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.

© 2013 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 26, 2017:

Tabitha, thanks for your feedback. I think like you, that I should write books. Hope I eventually do.

Tabitha on April 24, 2017:

This is a great teaching, so profound and helpful in the lives of youths, i think you should write books, if you dont do

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 06, 2014:

Nancy, so glad you like the article. Blessings on you today!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 06, 2014:

I sure chose a good hub to read to start my day. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 27, 2014:

Shyron, thanks for your visit. Your speech problem is shared by many of us. That's a suggestion for another set of verses. Thanks for that too.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 26, 2014:

MsDora, these are wonderful scriptures. What area do I need help in? Speech, my mouth is moving before my brain is in gear. I am much better at writing, I can make corrections before others hear/read my words.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Blessings to you


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 11, 2014:

Thank you, Victor. And He does put verses into our individual hearts, according to our need.

victor from India on September 10, 2014:

Excellent collection of verses which are so important for our spiritual life.

I appreciate your good work. Actually, the appropriate verses that God puts in our hearts abide and work deeply for a longer period.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 02, 2014:

Elle, I appreciate your observation because godliness should cover all aspects of life. Thank you.

elle64 from Scandinavia on September 01, 2014:

I liked the verses covered all aspects of life-Have a good day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2014:

Doris, so glad that you like the verses I selected; there is no shortage of good ones from which to choose. My thanks to Manatita for the introduction, and to you for seeking me out. See you around.

Doris H. Dancy from Yorktown, Virginia on July 28, 2014:

All of the verses that you have quoted are extremely powerful, and if we yield to the words spoken, we cannot help but draw closer to God. God tells us that if we draw close to Him then He will reciprocate. If we adhere to these verses, we will most certainly live a Godly and fulfilling life. Thank you for sharing such meaningful verses of His Holy Word. My friend Manatita suggested that I check out your hubs so I am. I thoroughly enjoyed this meaningful one.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2014:

Bongani, we speak the same language. Control the mind and everything else is under control. Thank you for your input.

Bongani Sibeko from Johannesburg on June 22, 2014:

Beautiful collection of great teachings indeed.

The matter is of the heart (motive, thoughts, mind etc.), for from it springs issues of life. What defiles a man is what comes from within his heart not what comes from outside, says our King Jesus.

Indeed once the mind is renewed, what comes after that is the fruit of a new mind, every other listed areas such as speech, conduct etc. will align to a new mind because a mind driven by God's Spirit is the leader of our bodies and our life indeed!

Wonderful share MsDora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 09, 2014:

Mona, you make me smile. A gentle and quiet spirit is developed by godly intentions and is not disturbed by loud laughter. In fact, a quiet spirit can initiate loud laughter. Thanks for your input.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 09, 2014:

What a beautiful collection of Bible verses these are. I wish I could embody all of them. However, I tend to laugh loudly and I slam tables with my hand when I'm laughing. Nonetheless, this is a good reminder of the pleasance of a quiet spirit.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 07, 2014:

Aneegma, so glad your found the article helpful. Thanks for your visit.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 07, 2014:

Reginald, thanks for your visit and your kind comment.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on June 07, 2014:

I guess the Spirit led me to read this. Nicely written MsDora and thank you for sharing such helpful tips. God bless you hun x

Reginald Boswell from Huntsville, Alabama on June 07, 2014:

Great article Ms Dora, Reflection Poll (all the above).

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 04, 2014:

Emunah, practice for life. It's something we have to do as long as we live, and it pays. Thanks for reading and commenting.

swilliams on June 04, 2014:

(1) Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes, is one that takes practice very good article to live by.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 16, 2014:

Manatita, I'm pleased that you find it meaningful. Thank you and blessings to you, too.

manatita44 from london on May 16, 2014:

Short and sweet. Beautiful verses. Deep and meaningful Hub. Higher blessings. Lovingly.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 15, 2014:

William, so good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comment.

William Benner from Savannah GA. on May 15, 2014:

Very well written and voted up!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2014:

JTrader,so happy you found some encouragement here. These are just few of the many great verses.

jtrader on April 29, 2014:

Certainly, these are encouraging verses. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 18, 2014:

Lady E, we're on the same page when it comes to the real meaning of beauty. I'm encouraged by your visit. Thank you.

Elena from London, UK on April 18, 2014:

Thanks for the inspiration and words of wisdom. Hope you write more of this. Reflecting on number 3, outward appearance has had such a negative effect on the world. The pain people put themselves through just to change a part of their body which is perfectly ok.

Happy Easter. :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 24, 2013:

Lena, I promise that I will deliver, God willing. Thank you for your encouragement.

Lena Campbell from Maryland on October 23, 2013:

another very beautifully well written hub I am looking forward to reading more bible verses from you :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 21, 2013:

Word, thank you for your comment and your vote. Nice meeting you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 21, 2013:

Crafty, thank you for sharing. Purity involves our thoughts and attitudes as much as our dress. It is confusing when someone (like the lady you mentioned) subscribes to purity in one area and not in another. I also have to check myself.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 21, 2013:

Jackie, thank you for your commenting and sharing. It is true thoughts surprise us; but after they come, it is our choice to give them a home or to push them away. Your song should not be one that allows you to ignore the bad thought. Recognize it, rebuke it and replace it. If the song replaces (not ignores) the bad thought, then you have done well.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on October 21, 2013:

You can't go wrong with these. It would be a peaceful world if every body were to adhere to just these scriptures. Profound work. Voted up!

CraftytotheCore on October 21, 2013:

Hi MsDora! Beautiful versus for living. They are so true.

I remember when I volunteered at a Christian school for some time. The director was a very wealthy person who didn't always put her focus and priorities where they should be. One day she was chastising a student in front of others for wearing a skirt that she felt was too short. It was knee length. But other students were wearing shorter skirts. I felt she was inappropriately calling out that student.

This woman wore a lot of flashy jewelry. Layers of necklaces, bracelets, diamonds, gold, etc. She rarely helped the poor, but looked to gain followers of the rich.

I politely told her about 1 Peter 3: 3, 4. She had never heard of the verse!

Great Hub!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 21, 2013:

This is great. When I have a bad thought I stop and say that thought did not come from me, kind of like the devil made me do it. But it still bothers if I go into good and spiritual thoughts or maybe a song that devil may not come around as often, you think?

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 08, 2013:

Mathi, thank you for your input. Really, these are some good rules for everyone to adopt and live by.

mathira from chennai on October 08, 2013:

If only everyone followed these essential rules, life would be so easy. Thank you, MsDora, it made me think that I too should change.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 17, 2013:

Celebrate, thank you for your very kind comment. Some parts of the Bible are more difficult to understand, but a beginner can always find a good read somewhere.

Ken Kline from Chicago, Illinois on September 16, 2013:

Beautiful! What a fantastic tribute to the greatest book ever written - a book so many still don't understand. Voted up! Beautiful and truly awesome!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 14, 2013:

GLynch, that's one of the good things about HubPages. It forces us to write on themes and in methods we have not done before. You're doing quite well sharing with me. From my experience on this site, sharing gets encouraging, supportive responses. You'll actually enjoy it, and you'll build a following.