“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God”
The Gift of Piety leads us to a profound awareness of what it means to be a child of God. We experience God not as a stern judge but as a loving Father. This is accompanied by a filial reverence and love for the Father and respect and esteem for others as adopted sons and daughters of God.
Piety, which comes from the Latin pius meaning dutiful, is not excessive and emotional devotionalism, rather it is reverential fidelity that is reflected not only in worship but in active discipleship.
The Gift of Piety takes away hardness of heart and extinguishes feelings of anger, jealousy and bitterness and replaces them with the Fruits of the Spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal 5:22-23).
Through Piety we participate in the sonship of Jesus which leads us to a relationship of joyful confidence in the Father’s love and mercy, which impels us to show solicitude, tolerance, understanding and pardon toward others. We become, as it were, mirrors of the Father’s love and forgiveness