A word study in 2 Peter 1:5-11
“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge “to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,” (2 Peter 1:6).
“Godliness” means “reverence, true piety toward God.” True reverence for anyone means we have total respect for that person (or, in this case, for that Being).
To exhibit the characteristic of godliness, Christians must, first, base their lives upon the truth of God’s word and then make a practical application of the principles they have learned therein—that is, they live their lives according to those principles.
Living a godly life—adding godliness to our faith—means living the way Jesus would live. Since we are imperfect humans, we will not attain the perfection Jesus possesses; but that’s the goal or the moral standard He wants us to set.