Becoming a godly man… by bigplew
March 30, 2007, 11:56 am
Filed under: Books, Featured Resource

by Mike Plewniak

Usually on Fridays, we walk thru “The Godly Man’s Picture” by Thomas Watson. I’m taking a break for several weeks from this study so I wanted to give you another great resource for becoming a godly man. It is “The Fruitful Life” by Jerry Bridges.


I just finished reading this book and would highly recommend it to you. Dr. Bridges is writing about the fruit of the spirit that we find in Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” When I first saw this book, my thought was, “If Dr. Bridges wrote on the fruit of the spirit, I’m going to get that stinkin book because this man IS the fruit of the spirit.” (that may be overstated, but it’s what I thought). He is one of the most godly men that I have had the privilege to meet and learn from.

This book is a wealth of wisdom on how to put to death the “lusts of the flesh” and live by “the fruit of the Spirit.” He begins the book by looking at our motivation and he makes this statement: “Devotion to God is the only acceptable motive for actions that are pleasing to God.” He establishes our devotion as our response to his abundant and amazing grace that He poured out in saving us from our sins and his wrath. He writes about being completely devoted with all of our lives to serving God and also being completely dependent upon God for any change that takes place. The fruit of the Spirit is something that must be done in us and also something we are commanded to put on.

The highlight of the book for me was the chapter on faithfulness (it’s also worth the price of the book for these few pages). Also, Dr. Bridges writing on self-control (which every young man should read), humility, and gentleness, are some of the best chapters I’ve seen on those topics.

We talk alot about putting off sin and this is a great resource, maybe the best, on what we are to put on in it’s place. As John Murray says, “Whatever esle we may have, if we do not have character we have nothing. It is character that determines destiny.” Bridges writes, “If we are not growing in godly character, we are regressing; in the spiritual life we never stand still.” Let us grow in displaying the infinite value of knowing God by pursuing holiness in putting to death our old self and putting on the new self, “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).


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just ordered it today! Yes, I can tend to focus more on the “put off” to the neglect of the “put on.”

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