Proverbs 11:10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices
The Bible teaches us that godliness or personal holiness is not private holiness. This means we should NOT strive to be more godly so that we can become self-righteous Holier than thou Christians. Rather, we should see our growth in godliness as a way to collaterally bless those around us by becoming Holier for thou Christians.
Godliness focuses on these four key areas:
- Self-control issues
- Fear and worries
- Guilt and shame
- Sense of identity
No doubt innumerable blessing descend upon families and nations through the godly lives and patient sufferings of the saints. We cannot be saved by the merits of others, but beyond all question we are benefitted by their virtues. ~ Charles Spurgeon