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A GODLY PERSON LOVES THE WORD
by Philip Owen

 

            Some of the qualities expressive of godliness may not come to mind immediately—not so the one addressed here. It is undeniable that one of the clearest evidences and expressions of godliness is a love for God’s Word. The longest chapter in the Bible (Psalm 119) is a work of the highest praise to the Word of God. The psalmist wrote: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (119:103). David declared: “thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psa. 138:2). A library could be filled with books on this topic. But we must be brief here concerning the fact that a godly person is one who loves the Word of God.
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him of his God and Savior. A godly person wants to know about God and about Jesus Christ, and there is no other way to come by that knowledge than through the Word of God. Creation reveals some things, but that revelation is limited. Only the Bible reveals an infinite, omnipotent God who so loved the world that He sent His Son to die to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind (see John 3:16).
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him of salvation. The imagination of man runs wild when devising ways to get to heaven. The remarkable reality, however, is that all of man’s ideas entail man’s own efforts. Only God through His Word reveals the incredible truth that “salvation is of the Lord” (Jon. 2:9). Only God could save men from their sins. No man could have figured that out on his own.
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him who he is and why he is here. The Bible tells us that we are here by the creative act of God who made us in His own image (Gen. 1:26). And although sin marred that image, we can be redeemed by grace through faith and fulfill the purpose for which we were created, namely, to glorify the Lord (Psa. 150:6).
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him what God expects of him. The godly person wants to know what his Creator, Savior, and Lord expect of him so that he can please God. No other means is available to discover those expectations apart from the Word. The commands, exhortations, and admonitions are all given to communicate God’s perfect will to the minds and hearts of His faithful children. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart,” the psalmist wrote, “that I might not sin against thee” (Psa. 119:11).
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him about the future. Apart from the Word, the future is all dark with nothing but the flickering imagination of man’s mind to illuminate its shadows. Such dim illumination raises more questions than answers. But the Word of God reveals God’s plan for the ages and even shines a brilliant light on eternity. One who reads and believes the Bible has no fear of an unknown future because God, who knows all, reveals what lies ahead.
 
            A godly person loves the Word because it tells him infallible truths that strengthen, guide, comfort, and encourage him. In short, no part of his being (body, soul, or spirit) is left unattended by the Word. No need (mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, relational) is left unaddressed. The Word is of such sufficiency that Job declared that he “esteemed the words of [God’s] mouth more than . . . [his] necessary food” (23:12). Godliness and a love for God’s Word are virtually synonymous.

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