Scripturally Based Answers For life's Questions
Answer—To be a Good Person
The question, “How can I be a good person?” is one that comes to mind for many people. Many people would like to be better than they are, and that is a great aspiration.
Before I address the matter of being a good person, I want to mention that being good does not make us acceptable to God, though God blesses people that seek to be good. To be accepted by God comes through the person of Jesus Christ. He was, and is, a perfect man. Only His goodness is good enough for God.
Jesus, who never sinned, took upon Himself our sin and in exchange gave His righteousness to be placed upon us. That gave us the goodness necessary for the Father to accept us. We are accepted on the righteousness of Jesus Christ, when we place our faith in Him, and in what He did for the redemption of mankind. When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, God the Father will accept us.
There are several verses in the Bible that give a clear outline of what goodness God expects from a person. If we ask people, we would get many opinions, but God says:
Click-Micah 6:6 – 8 6With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 8He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
God mentions three things that He requires of a person. Let’s look at them.
To do justly is very simple. It means to treat equal things - people - equally, and unequal things and people unequally. For example: if you would give me two coins of equal value, and I would favor one over the other, that would be unjust. When God gives us two things in which He has not distinguished a value difference, like a brother and a sister, and we treat them unequally, we do not do justice. Likewise, if you would give me two coins of different value and I treat them equally, it would likewise be unjust. The truth is, we must learn how God values things or people, and then do likewise to do justice. Another example: we have a tendency to be unjust between ourselves and others. When I do something wrong, I tend to take into account my motives to justify my action, but when another person does the same thing, I tend to consider only his actions. We must treat ourselves equally with others to do justly. To do justice is hard at times, but it is very simple. Treat equal things equally, and unequal things unequally.
The word “kindness” is sometimes translated “mercy”. It is a word with a meaning that covers both mercy and kindness. This is what God is asking us to love, if we want to be a good person. Here is the question: if someone wrongs you, do you wish to pay them back with evil, or do you wish to have mercy on them, and be kind in return? A person with bad intentions wants to repay a wrong with evil; a person with good intentions, even though being hurt by the malicious (or bad) behavior, will practice kindness and mercy in return.
When evil comes our way, and we accept its ways and start doing evil, we are conquered by it. When we resist it by doing good as our defense, we overcome it by good. If we want to be good, we must be good to others even when we receive evil from them.
Click-I Peter 5:5-6 with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.”
To be humble means to acknowledge our wrong, not to deem ourselves too good for others, and to give God full control in our lives. To walk humbly with God is always to place ourselves subject to Him, to His teaching, and to His ways.
There are people that call themselves by the name of the Lord - “I am a Christian.” - but they are not humble before Him, or humble about Him in front of others. Pride is always an affront to God.
If you are willing to acknowledge that you are not good in and of yourself, and that you are indeed a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness and His righteousness, and are willing for Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord, and then do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God, you will be a good person.