Cleanliness is next to Godliness

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Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Prov. It is very important to keep yourself clean. Child: How come I have to take a bath? Mother: Cleanliness is next to godliness. The woman sitting next to me on the bus had obviously never heard that cleanliness is next to godliness.
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Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

  (old-fashioned)
something that you say which means that except for worshipping God, the most important thing in life is to be clean Could you try to wash behind your ears occasionally? Cleanliness is next to Godliness, you know.
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cleanliness is next to godliness

Being clean is a sign of spiritual purity or goodness, as in Don't forget to wash your ears-cleanliness is next to godliness. This phrase was first recorded in a sermon by John Wesley in 1778, but the idea is ancient, found in Babylonian and Hebrew religious tracts. It is still invoked, often as an admonition to wash or clean up.
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Foundations of Spiritual Formation" is written in two parts; the first helps leaders lay the foundation for spiritual growth, while the second seeks to help readers embrace the more practical knowledge one needs in pursuing godliness.
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Agnes in the wash-house today and at night she went to the baths and was akin to godliness.
One of a (thankfully) growing number of conductors to turn around and talk to his audience, Manze told us how Bach intended his Musical Offering as a lesson in Godliness and morality for Frederick the Great, the atheistic and somewhat unruly Prussian monarch.
Thereafter follows a piece by Gregory Glazov on created godliness in Judaism, and then another by Finlan on the use of 2 Peter 1:4 (with a helpful look at the influence of Middle Platonism).
They contain a collection of 20 women's prayers excerpted from the Bible, the prayers and meditations used by various noble women, and psalms, prayers, and meditations devoted to the authority and godliness of Queen Elizabeth.
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To hear it from the mouths of a group of Americans who profess to godliness is, well, damnable.
Praani, tu aayaa laahaa lai-n' - 'O mortal being, remember that you've come into this world for a worthy cause - to earn true profit by generating goodness and Godliness in all your dealings.
May be Mrs Gasson should walk through our lovely city at night and ask herself the question that may be someone should come down on the side of Godliness once again.
Peddling guff like cleanliness is next to Godliness does not do it for me.
Rather, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries this medieval concept of honor both co-existed and overlapped with a more modern code of honor which simultaneously emphasized both godliness and political allegiance to the collective state.
This is expressed in 6:6: "There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment.
WE all have different standards of cleanliness in this world and while some of us think a regular spring clean is close to Godliness others prefer to spend their time wallowing in their own filth.
Once we learn to establish a link with the Creator, we unlock the tremendous potential for godliness within us and become agents for good in the world.