You want to be a godly man or woman. You’ve heard inspirational messages about pursuing this calling. But what are the actual characteristics of being a godly man or woman? Let’s look to the story of Joseph in the Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes to find out.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned  to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife,  but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.” Matthew 1:18-25 NASB


Until he became engaged to Mary, Joseph’s life probably resembled that of most other men in his hometown. No doubt he had business concerns and goals for the future. But nothing seriously interrupted his daily routine until Mary informed him she was pregnant. This was when his life changed rapidly.

The news was shocking to him, and rather than disgrace Mary, Joseph planned to send her away (Matt. 1:19). But God saw the confusion building within Joseph’s mind and sent His angel to guide him: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (vv. 20, 21). From this point on, Joseph never questioned the Lord’s method or motive. He realized that the God of the universe had chosen him to watch over Mary and the Son she would have. He remained faithful not only to his wife, but also to the Lord.


Joseph showed courage by ignoring the ugly rumors swirling around town about Mary’s pregnancy; he valued God’s plan above what others thought of him. He remained sensitive to the Holy Spirit, demonstrated by his acceptance of His guidance. After the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared to him, warning him of impending danger. Joseph immediately took Mary and Jesus to Egypt, where they found safety until the threat passed (Matt. 2:13–15). As we look at the life of Joseph, we see a humble man who honored God by obeying His Word. He is consistent and content. And he could be counted on to follow the Lord, regardless of the personal costs.


How can you grow in your faith to become a godly man or woman? Begin by committing yourself to a consistent, daily walk with Christ. Attend a church where the Word of God is proclaimed as the standard of life. Make a commitment to God and to your loved ones that you will not abandon your devotion to Christ or to them.

You will gain a sense of godly responsibility when you stand up for what is right. A committed Christian is not easily swayed, but is filled with conviction, faith, and a desire to know God intimately. When Joseph had no one else to guide and comfort him, he turned to God and found the strength and love he needed to get through the most difficult of circumstances.

You will, too. Will you make Joseph’s spiritual commitment your own today?

Adapted from Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible Notes.


  1. Olu iluyomade Reply

    Godliness is a rare character nowadays even in the church. Very good and inspiring article.
    The word of GOD does admonish us to add godliness to our character in 2 Peter 1 vs 5-8.

  2. What a strong and powerful message at a time when society dictates the opposite.

  3. Anthony Erihre Reply

    I needed to read this.
    Am at that point where this change has become necessary

  4. Honorable men like Joseph in this time are a remnant, but bless those whom honor God by honoring their wives. Amen!

  5. An encouraging reminder of an inspiring example of faith–thank you.

  6. Awesome. Our youg women really need to know what a real man of GOD is. Many dont know. Good bible study to share. Thank you and God bless your ministry.

  7. Frank de Rooy Reply

    Commitment seems to be a word lost in todays society. Praying that our politicians will uphold the Godly standards and not change the laws to please the people and their own selfish principles

  8. Denis Lobo Reply

    St.joseph is truly a man of humility purity n justice. Men should seek his intercession during the impure thoughts and ask his help to over come temptations . He who carried out the task of looking after Jesus and Mary ,so wonderfully,indeed able to help us when we seek his assistance.
    The article is inspiring n enlightening.

  9. Melva Graham Reply

    God bless the people of Israel,
    God bless the people of the world
    That they will come to know Jesus
    As their personal saviour.

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