How to Become the Strong Person that God Calls you to Be

The Bible has a great deal to say about Godliness for both men and women.  Nonetheless, many are left wondering how to become the person that God calls you to be. This post will help you better what it truly means to become the person that God calls you to be in the context of Godliness. We will also dive deeper and differentiate between the attributes of a Godly man and a Godly woman, using the Bible as a reference guide you.

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What is a Godly Person?

o Both men and women, if they belong to Christ by faith, have exhibited a Godly sorrow that “produces repentance leading to salvation” (2 Corinthians 7:10). 

o Without the gift of salvation by grace through faith, no man or woman can be truly Godly. 

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How to become a Godly Person?

1. A Godly Person Surrenders to the Lordship of Jesus Christ

· The first step in becoming a Godly person is to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (John 14:6). 

o Anyone can learn rules, follow laws, and judge themselves harshly. Many false religions require that of their subjects. But we cannot become Godly without the Holy Spirit empowering us to do so (Acts 1:8). 

o Godliness is more than external behaviors; it is the continual seeking after God’s heart (Isaiah 55:6–7). The term “Godly” refers to having an inward devotion for God that is outwardly displayed. 

§ So, a Godly person is someone who has received Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as payment for His own sin and has accepted the righteousness purchased for him there (2 Corinthians 5:21). By faith in Christ’s death and resurrection, a Godly person has declared Jesus the Lord of their life, and their heart is set toward obedience (Romans 10:9–10). 

2. A Godly Person Submits to the Guidance of the Holy Spirit

Born-again Christians are indwelled by the Holy Spirit who produces Godliness in us as He sanctifies us and molds us into the image of Christ. By His grace, we can “live self-controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:12). 

With God’s Spirit inside (1 Corinthians 6:19–20), a Godly person can understand the deep things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9–10). We begin to see life differently. Life is no longer about pleasing ourselves but about pleasing the Lord (Romans 13:12–14; Hebrews 12:28). 

Godliness manifests itself in our lives when we are in control of our appetites and desires. We live in a worldly culture and must resist ungodly influences around us. 

3. A Godly Person Relies on the Holy Spirit for Strength

Godly people know we will still stumble as we strive toward holiness (James 3:2), but our goal is to be holy as His Lord is holy (1 Peter 1:16). 

We learn early that our fleshly attempts at holiness only result in pride and failure. 

Godly people learn that, as we surrender our will to the Holy Spirit and rely upon Him for strength to overcome temptation, we can withstand more temptation and accomplish greater eternal goals than we ever thought possible (Philippians 4:13). 

Godly people have died to his flesh (Galatians 5:24). 

This does not mean he no longer faces temptation. It means that, when we are tempted, the decision about whether to give in has already been made. 

We rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to help him say “no” to his flesh and “yes” to the Spirit (1 Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 5:16). 

We regularly oppose sin, find that as our spirit grows stronger and temptation becomes easier to resist (Hebrews 10:23). 

Is there a difference between a Godly Man and Woman?

When God created two genders (Genesis 1:27; 5:2; Matthew 19:4), He also instituted distinct roles for each gender. 

He designed the bodies and brains of men and women to work differently and to fulfill complementary roles. A man does not need to act like a woman because he can never be a woman. He can never process information like a woman, because his brain, his DNA, and his entire being are male. The same is true for women trying to be men. 

The original plan was to use these differences as a starting point for building intimate, fulfilling relationships. But in our sin-filled world, what started out as an advantage has become a frequent source of frustration. 

What is a Godly Man?

A Godly man is not a perfect man. We will never reach perfection until we are in the physical presence of Jesus (1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 3:2). But the Godly man embraces his manhood and knows that Jesus, not the world, has set the standard for what it means to be a real man. 

Regardless of physical appearance, social status, or economic standing, any man can be a Godly man if he loves God with all his heart and seeks to obey Him in every area of his life (Luke 10:27; Galatians 2:20). 

Biblical manhood can be boiled down to five basic principles, which each man is expected to conform to. These are (a) humility before his God, (b) control of his appetites, (c) protecting his family, (d) providing for his family, and (e) leading his family. Men who fail to meet these expectations are not behaving as “men,” biblically speaking, but as something less noble (Psalm 49:20). 

1. Considers Himself Dead to Sin, but Alive to God (Romans 6:1-4,11)

The fundamental requirement for biblical manhood is a proper relationship with God (Micah 6:8). This informs and empowers every other responsibility a man has in his life. 

A Godly man will study, learn, and understand the will of God (Matthew 6:33; Romans 12:2) through the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). This gives him the tools to meet all his other obligations; it does not automatically make his life biblically sound (1 Corinthians 3:2). 

2. Seeks to Remain Humble Rather than Exalt Himself (Proverbs 27:2)

Humility means an acknowledgment of his imperfection (Romans 3:23), acceptance of Christ for salvation (2 Peter 3:9), and a continual sense of dependence on God (1 Peter 5:7; Hebrews 13:15). 

A Godly man strives daily to model his life after Jesus. He does not excuse the sins and weaknesses he finds in himself but continually surrenders those areas to God and asks for His help in overcoming them (Romans 6:11–14). 

3. Serves rather than demands to be Served (Mark 10:45)

Not about what someone is willing to do for you, but why they are willing to make sacrifices for you. Representatives can endure being servants for a brief time, but real disciples live a life of servitude. 

4. Leads by Example (1 Timothy 4:12-13)

The proper perspective for this leadership comes from Ephesians 5:25–32. The goal of every believer’s life is to become more and more like Christ (Romans 8:29). 

For men in their God-given role, this means leading and loving others in the same way Christ loved the church: sacrificially (Ephesians 5:2), through service (John 13:14–15), and in selfless love (Ephesians 5:28). Just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are equal yet serve distinct roles, so, too, can men and women be equal in value and in spiritual worth yet have distinct roles to play. 

This requirement originates even before the fall, where Adam and Eve shared equality in differing responsibilities (Romans 12:4–5). It is also seen in Adam’s naming of Eve (Genesis 2:23), an act that symbolizes authority. 

As already referenced, Christ must be the model for this type of leadership. A man called to lead through love, through service, and through sacrifice. This is not a domineering leadership or a repressive arrogance. Male leadership in the home and in the church is meant to reflect the relationship between Christ and the church. 

5. Lives a Pure Life (Colossians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 12:1-2)

Biblical manhood also requires submission to God’s word. 

Men are called on to control their urges and appetites (1 Thessalonians 4:3–5), relying on God to overcome temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Men, according to the Bible, are not to twist the Scripture to get their way (Mark 7:8–9) or to match their own preferences (Proverbs 14:12). Instead, they are to follow God’s commands (Proverbs 1:7) instead of their own urges (Romans 6:12; 1 Peter 1:14). 

6. Bear Fruit for the Kingdom (John 15:5-8)

So often we are blinded by the action and not the result. Time will always tell what is in a man’s heart. 

What is a Godly Woman?

Biblical womanhood is the distinguishing character of a woman as defined by the Bible

1. Demonstrates Self-Control (Titus 2:3-6)

One way a Godly woman distinguishes herself from the world is by her self-control. She practices restraint and does not give free rein to uninhibited emotions, attitudes, words, and appetites. 

She controls her emotions and does not allow them to control her. 

She controls her appetites and does not display an unbridled passion for food and drink. 

She also controls her tongue, which James tells us is like “a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6). 

The speech of a Godly woman is one that edifies and encourages rather than tearing down with idle gossip. The Godly woman also does not allow profanity and “unwholesome talk” to come out of her mouth (Ephesians 4:29). 

2. Has a Heavenly Focus (1 Peter 3:3-6)

Scripture says that a Godly woman dresses modestly and adorns herself with “honorable deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God” (1 Timothy 2:9–10). 

Christian women should be able to see the vanity inherent in the allurements of a world “under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). 

A Godly woman is not fooled by the lies that try to convince her that attractiveness, personal worth, and fulfillment are found in physical, external beauty. 

A Godly woman’s affections are fixed on Christ, her Savior, and she makes every effort to follow His example of good works. She has a heavenly focus, and she seeks to adorn herself with godliness, not worldliness. 

One common error in discussing biblical womanhood is to mix cultural stereotypes with scriptural truth. This mistake has kept millions of women from pursuing their purpose and developing their gifts. 

Many pursuits or careers were considered “for men only,” and women were expected to stay home and keep house. However, biblical womanhood does not mean that every woman must conform to a societal standard of femininity. For some women, embracing their femininity will mean they pursue careers in medicine, construction, or law enforcement because God has gifted them to serve in those areas. For others, raising children and making a home is a fulfillment of their God-given desires. 

3. Lives in Purity and Reverence (Titus 1:15)

A Godly woman knows that her beauty does not come “from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes” (1 Peter 3:3). Rather, she focuses on her “inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. This is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves” (1 Peter 3:4–5). 

A Godly woman trains herself to resist the world’s temptations as she practices piety. 

Like an athlete who uses repetition to become proficient in her sport, a Godly woman continually fills her mind with the truths of Scripture. In addition, she appeals regularly to the Spirit to help her train her thoughts, attitudes, words, and desires to reflect those of her beloved Lord. “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). 

4. Exercises Sincere Faith (2 Timothy 2:5)

She is kind, like Ruth (Ruth 1:8). 

She lives righteously, as Elizabeth did (Luke 1:5–6). 

She is of “noble character” and seeks to follow the example set by the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10–31. 

She shows good judgment, generosity, and prudence as did Abigail (1 Samuel 25). 

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In the end, becoming a Godly Man or Woman is a process, that requires patience, prayer, and perseverance. It is our sincere hope that this post How to become a Godly Person, has made an impact on your faith journey. 

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