I like a couple things in your post. First, the idea of contrast where the Scripture tells us what godliness is not. sometimes, that is a very effective way of defining something.
Second, you talked about it as something individual. That is, as each individual struggles in their growth process, their way of manifesting godliness will be different than mine. Yet, each will have a similar foundation to it: what would Jesus do if he were in “MY” situation.
I am still working on it but I have a similar thought for godliness. It is first and foremost a God centered attitude and it is our expression of that divine nature in our lives without thought of what others would think, for good or bad, about how we live.
For example, David danced a dance to the Lord. Despite the use of the ungodly dancing today), I don’t think David was too concerned about what people thought.
We might pray before eating a meal in a restauarant, but if do it for God, then it is truely godly. If we do it as the Pharisees did, then it is nothing more than a ‘form of godliness’ and so becomes not godly.
Thank you for the post.