Godliness, or God-likeness, is something that a Christian wishes to attain to if they are truly walking in the footsteps of Jesus—”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Godly contentment is something that cannot be reached in a moment. It is a result of growth in grace, and in the knowledge and love of the Heavenly Father. “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6).
The thought of living a life of Godliness is in contrast to living a life of worldly contentment which is based upon the love of ease and selfishness. What does this show to us? It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age” (Tit 2:12, New International Version). Another important consideration is that in God’s sight sin is exceedingly sinful and must become so in our sight (Rom. 7:13).
Since these two ways of thinking and conduct are in direct opposition to each other, a person who desires to lead a godly life can expect trials and difficult experiences in this present life. This should not, however, deter them from desiring to lead a life pleasing to the Lord (Prov. 15:16). Our Lord realized that this would be so, and he gave us these words of encouragement, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Having this peace of God, which comes to us through his Son, helps us to live godly lives (2 Thess. 3:3).”
Having God-likeness will be required of all when Christ’s wonderful Millennial Kingdom is established on this earth (2 Pet. 3:13). In that kingdom, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God” (Mic. 6:8).