How You Can Live a Life That Pleases God


While the Bible is clear that no one does what is good naturally, you have everything you need to live a holy life when you come to Christ.

We have all become like one who is unclean,

            and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

We all fade like a leaf,

            and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (Isaiah 64:6).

I read in a survey awhile back that Americans were asked this question: Do you believe that most people are basically good? The result of the survey was that 83 percent said yes. People are basically good. That’s more than 4 out of 5 adults in America who say that people basically have good intentions and want the best for others.

The problem with that line of thinking is the Bible. When the Scriptures describe the state of humanity apart from Christ, it says that not one person does what is right in the sight of God. In fact, if you look at today’s passage, you’ll see that even on our best day, our best deeds are like a polluted garment in God’s eyes.

You’ll hear people say, “Oh, he’s got a good heart! He’s got a heart of gold.” Well, a heart of gold will not merit you favor before God because even your best isn’t good enough. So what are you to do?

The answer is Jesus. You see, in the flesh, every person is subject to sin and its effects in the world. But in Christ, the old way of operating is done away with as He removes your sin and gives you a new heart.

Yes, in Christ, you can live a life pleasing to God. So, even when you struggle with sin, remember that you have moved from darkness and, because of Jesus, can walk in God’s light!

While the Bible is clear that no one naturally does what is good, you have everything you need to live a holy life when you come to Christ.

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