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Everything God created is good. 1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV)

Paul reminds us here that God is the Creator. Nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving! Marriage and food are good gifts from God to be received with gladness.

G. K. Chesterton once said, “You say grace before meals—all right. But I say grace before the play and the opera, and grace before the concert and the pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching and painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing; and grace before I dip the pen in the ink [he was a writer].”

There are some Christians who feel guilty about pleasure. They feel that they have to apologize for enjoying themselves. If they catch themselves being happy, then something must be wrong, and so they think to themselves: Whatever that was, it certainly couldn’t be godliness, and it didn’t come from heaven either.

But you can’t love God more by loving life less. So how can you love God more and grow in godliness? This is the significance of 1 Timothy 3:16, where Paul says, “Great is the mystery of godliness.” What is the mystery of godliness? The short answer is Jesus Christ!

When was the last time you caught yourself feeling guilty about enjoying something that was not, in any way, sinful?