Behavior OR Belief: What Makes You a “Good Person”?
I’m sure you’ve seen the photo online advocating that it is your behavior and NOT your belief which makes you a good person, right?
Well here’s my take on that concept:
Therefore changing your behavior STARTS with changing your beliefs.
Changing your BELIEFS therefore is essential to changing your behavior!
The Bible says, There is NONE righteous (good), no not one! (Romans 3:10)
It also says, Not by works of righteousness (good deeds) we have done but according to God’s mercy we are saved. (Titus 3:5)
And finally, it says, Abraham believed God and God said he was righteous (good) because of what he believed! (Galatians 3:6)
Therefore becoming a “good person” (what the bible calls, Righteous) begins with what you BELIEVE… NOT with what you do!
After you become a “good person” (Righteous by faith) THEN you are expected to do “Good Deeds” BECAUSE you are righteous!
We Christians are expected to do good deeds because we are followers or imitators of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says, “…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good…” (Acts 10:38)
We don’t do good to TRY TO BECOME righteous… We do good because we ALREADY ARE righteous and are simply doing what comes naturally to us, which is… imitating Jesus Christ!
The Bible says, Just as Jesus is, so are we in this world. (1st John 4:17)