I have been truly neglectful of this site over the past few months… laziness being the most prominent of my excuses. But during that time I have been listening, reading and learning as much as can about the scriptures and what I need to know about the true God of the Bible. I will say, even in that short amount of time, I have learned and appreciate so much that God has given me and how much I TRULY DO NOT DESERVE ANYTHING He has done for me.
I have always considered myself a good person. Never really have I gone out of my way to hurt anyone unless I felt they deserved it.
I’ve never injured anyone or made it a habit of taking things that are not mine. Now, there are a lot of nuances to that statement, but for the most part, I have always considered myself a person who does the least amount of harm, compared to other people I see in the news or know personally. All in all, I’m a pretty squared away guy by societal standards.
But over the past few months, I have gained a better understanding of the God I worship and the true standards by which I am being judged, and I will tell you… I AM NOT A GOOD PERSON AT ALL.
For the sake of time I will use the most extreme example to make my point.
Most of us believe we are good people based on the fact that we haven’t murdered someone. We’ve taken that aspect of our society and compared it to our everyday lives. And, based on that, we think we are GOOD PEOPLE!
HOWEVER, based on scripture, and this will shock you, if you have EVER HATED SOMEONE OR ARE PRESENTLY HOLDING RESENTMENT IN YOUR HEART TOWARD ANYONE, YOU ARE A MURDERER!
That’s right… scripture says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” 1 John 3:14,15
Wow! That’s changes everything in my world!
See, God’s expectation of us is to love one another. He sees our hatred as an abomination. He sees our unforgiving nature as blasphemous. Holding anger in our hearts is unacceptable to God and those that practice will not inherit the kingdom.
Simply put, you will NOT go to heaven. Your biases against people, your racism, your grudges, your resentment, your disdain for people will keep you from salvation.
There is more scriptural evidence that would surprise you as to how un-worthy we are of His grace and will throw shade on your concept of what a “good person” really looks like.
I am not a good person. I know that now. I am not a good person based on the standard of God’s word… I have hated people in my life and have held grudges for years now and I still struggle with it. But at least now I understand what the standard is. Now, at least I know what my sin looks like and will try to avoid it.
Let’s just saying I won’t be murdering in spirit anymore…