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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.

Bible guidelines offer specific details on godly living.

Bible guidelines offer specific details on godly living.

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:

  • Reflecting “the character of God in their actions and personality” (Buddy Martin, Christian Challenge International)
  • “Pleasing to God” (Maeve Maddox, Daily Writing Tips)
  • “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.

Thoughts and Attitudes

(1) 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 is a spiritual process. Thoughts and attitudes do not change from ungodly to godly until we make it a habit to have God's Spirit filter them in our consciences.


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

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.

Coarse jokes . . . these are not for you.

Coarse jokes . . . these are not for you.


(3) 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.


(4) 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

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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.


Media Choices

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

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.

Reflection Poll

© 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.

glynch1 on September 13, 2013:

I surmise that you are talking about personal comments. I am trained to write in the third person, so "sharing" my personal "feelings" somehow seems incongruous to me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 13, 2013:

GLynch, thank you again. Your articles certainly deserve a rich following; sharing comments is one way to let people know that you're there. All the best going forward! You can count on my support.

glynch1 on September 13, 2013:

You have a way with people that I long to emulate. I would like to see the kind of acceptance you've received in my hubs.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 13, 2013:

Glynch, great to hear from you. Your affirmation means much to me.

glynch1 on September 13, 2013:

You have chosen some powerful verses. Thanks for the reminders.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 12, 2013:

Thank you, DeBorrah. Your comment means much to me. Peace and Blessings to you, too.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on September 12, 2013:

MsDora, Wonderful insightful hub! This is a marvelous collection of inspiring passages of Scripture! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 12, 2013:

Elearn, so glad you like the article. Thank you for letting me know.

Darlene Matthews on September 12, 2013:

Well done Ms Dora. Thank You~

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 26, 2013:

Thank you, Reynold Jay. So happy to know someone who actually subscribes to these principles.

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on August 26, 2013:

All of this works well for me. It only reaffirms the life I have chosen for myself. I suspect all of these thoughts are well embedded within you. We can only hope others would read these thoughts and find the wisdom that is apparent.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2013:

Habee, glad to write something inspiring for you. Thank you for the visit.

Holle Abee from Georgia on August 22, 2013:

MsDora, you made excellent choices - very inspiring. I sort of needed these today. Thanks! Voted up.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 19, 2013:

Hi Betty. I also visited your page and notice tat we both love and depend on the Lord. Great to meet a godly sister.

bettybarnesb from Bartlett, TN on August 19, 2013:

Hey MsDora! I was reading another hub an liked your comments, decided to read an Article of yours and enjoyed it tremendous. I can tell you are a wise woman who love the LORD!

Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2013:

MC, thanks for your support. Although not Christian by faith, you demonstrate a sweet, godly attitude. Nice knowing you!

MC Rocks on July 29, 2013:

Great eloquent quotes you have chosen for the guidance of people. I am not a christian by faith but i sure appreciate the deep hidden love & philosophical meaning that exudes from these verses. Thank you MsDora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2013:

Scarlett Rain, so happy you enjoyed it. I think that these are sound principles to live by.

Scarlett Rain from Bakersfield on July 26, 2013:

Great work, this hub is very insightful and inspiring. I really enjoyed reading this (:

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 16, 2013:

Lovedoctor, thanks for your affirmation. I appreciate you!

lovedoctor926 on July 15, 2013:

Ms Dora, these are inspiring Bible verses, something to reflect on. I agree with these principles. An excellent hub. God Bless

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 07, 2013:

Thanks, Efficient Admin. The Holy Spirit is really a Great Helper, allowing us to remember verses and teachings we already know. He'll also guide you into dealing with your coworkers. Blessings!

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on July 07, 2013:

MsDora these are great scriptures to meditate on. The Holy Spirit is the one who helps us stay on track. I have coworkers who are always using the Lord's name in vane and I cringe every time.

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

Poet, I like that call these verses checkpoints. Thanks for your input.

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

Michele, welcome back. Glad to greet you with these great Bible verses.

Marie Williams from Dallas, Texas. on June 24, 2013:

Thank you MsDora for these scriptures. They are great food for thought and check points in the life of a believer. Sometimes I believe that I am doing a good job of living a Christian life, but these scriptures have caused me to reflect on my behavior as well as my actions. I appreciate this piece of work.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on June 24, 2013:

Thank you for sharing such good bible verses. I have been gone for a while, but am back and have some catching up to do.

God bless you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 22, 2013:

Lady E, those are some great steps you have taken to safeguard your mind. I'm so proud of you. God bless!

Elena from London, UK on June 22, 2013:

Thanks for sharing these important and life changing verses. One change I made recently when I got a new Iphone was to download the Bible on it, so I can read it on the Train and I listen to a lot of Joel Osteen, David Jeremiah on Youtube just to keep the mind positive.

So lovely of you to share this. Thanks.

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

Ignugent, I appreciate your comment. Thank you.

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

Thanks for your encouragement, Linda, and for sharing some of your favorite verses . "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." These verses surely keep our focus where it belongs.

Linda Compton from The Land of Enchantment on June 17, 2013:

Dear Ms Dora,

Thank you for this most thoughtful and inspiring hub. As I go about my tasks these days, a favorite of mine is Col. 3:23-24. It is very freeing. Bless your heart. I value your counsel, guidance and faithful leadership. L.

ignugent17 on June 15, 2013:

Beautiful verses. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 12, 2013:

Jerry, I agree with you. Whatever has our focus above our focus on God is an idol. Thanks for your comment.

Jerry W Hulse from Kingsport, Tennessee / Philippines on June 12, 2013:

This is astounding and well written.

I love the part of running from temptation.

What some do not understand is that sexual fulfillment or self gratification can become an idol and separate us from God.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 12, 2013:

Blossom, thanks for your encouragement. Your comment means much to me.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 12, 2013:

Dellea, thank God for your MP3. We need as much help as we can staying in the word. Thanks for your input.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 11, 2013:

Beautifully written and they are, indeed, verses we all should know. Thank you for pointing them out so well.

dellea on June 11, 2013:

Wow, these verses really hit home with me! I often get so tied up in the busy-ness of work, living and paying bills, sometimes to the point of letting my guard down and letting my sinful nature get the best of me. As Christians we have to be in the Bible regularly, I don't always have time to read, but I have to do a lot of driving for my work, and I've found that listening to my MP3 Bible definitely helps me to think and reflect on the Lord's word throughout the day! Thank you for sharing this MsDora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 11, 2013:

Thanks, Denise. Happy to share my understanding of the Scriptures. Hope your day keeps going well!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 11, 2013:

Thank you for the refreshing breath of fresh air this hub provided! Reading it brought a calming spirit into my day. I appreciate your insights into the scriptures and your understanding of how to apply them in everyday life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 11, 2013:

Thanks DDE. We need all the reminders an get with Bible verses.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 11, 2013:

Great hub with such a thoughtful way of enlightening our memories on Six Great Bible Verses Every Godly Person Should Know

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 11, 2013:

Thanks Rajan. I appreciate your observations. Thanks for the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2013:

Very useful and apt verses from the Bible especially in the current times and situations we are exposed to today.

voted up.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Sid, thanks for your suggestions. I'm in total agreement. There's a Scripture path that the godly must follow.

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on June 10, 2013:

Thank you once again, Ms. Dora, for inspiring a Godly life. I particularly like your choice of less well-known verses. As I see it, living a Godly life is just the first step on the religious journey. If we keep the commandments and live a Godly life using the verses you recommend here, we are pointed in the right direction. Going further, we can follow the narrow, upward path of the beatitudes. We can love our neighbors and enemies as ourselves. And we can perfect ourselves, becoming perfect as God in heaven is perfect, and casting out fear forever. Then, indeed, all the gifts of God are given to each and every one.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Frank, you are such a storyteller; you really can't help yourself. Seriously though, it is God's pleasure that we be godly.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Shofarcall, thanks for your comments and your votes. God bless you, too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Mommyhood, welcome to HubPages and thanks for your participation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Skye, I love you too. You are so encouraging. Glad to bring these verses to your attention. Let's both keep on in Him!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Lifegate, I hear you. Being godly is not for us to proclaim; it's for us to know. Usually, somebody else will mention it (not that hearing it maters). Thanks for the thought.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 10, 2013:

Michael, thank you for stressing that being godly is not optional, but standard. You expressed that very well. I appreciate your input.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 10, 2013:

First.. MsDora.. I am Godly.. I even heard God once under his breath say.. Damn that cat is Godly! And when God sees something exciting.. He shouts Oh My FranK! LOL I'm kidding.. these verses are helpful to all whether Godly or not.. a wonderful Hub Ms Dora..:)

shofarcall on June 10, 2013:

MsDora, These verses from Scripture are a good insight into how we are progressing in our personal walk in the Christian Faith. I praise God for your faithfulness. God Bless, dear sister in Christ. voted up/useful/sharing

Karla D on June 09, 2013:

Thank you for this, really good verses to reflect on.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on June 09, 2013:

ms dora.Bless you precious sister. This is an awesome hub you have posted for your readers. I was not aware of all the verses so I am very grateful to read and savor on each scripture verse.

Praise the Lord. He gave us a road map to follow. He wants to bless His children in abundance. When we are weak He is strong. He prunes and shapes us into His Glorious image. On my own I am lost but in Christ we are alive and free. My Love ms dora. In Christ, Skye

Keep on in Him sister. U will I am sure. Phil 4:13

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