What makes a good person? We all know someone that we would refer to as a “really good person.” We might say things such as, “she’s a saint,” “he never says anything bad about anyone,” or “I’ve never met anyone who was as good as she is.” So, back to the original question, “What makes a good person?”
Well… they are kind, a good friend, patient, understanding, loving, and would do anything for someone in need. Usually, we determine who the good people are by watching them in action. They obey the law, coach little league, take meals to women who’ve just had a baby, and they never cheat on their taxes, or tell a white lie. Everything they do is good. They have no character flaws. They can be a best friend to anyone.
Really? Seems like a pretty tall order for one human being to keep up with, don’t you think?
Still, to keep up that tall order for people we like isn’t so difficult. But, what about the people we abhor? Maybe they’re a “know-it-all,” a poor sport, or an in-law that we can’t help but pick at all the time. Maybe they committed a crime against you or a family member. They flipped you off in traffic, or said rude things to you about your mother.
Jesus said, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 emphasis added). So, from a biblical perspective, the only way for Mr. or Mrs. Saintly to live up to their supposed image, their friends would include junkies, “homeless for no reason” folks, people who murder other people, or rape and kill a twelve-year-old girl.
Huh? Now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty…
Many Bible verses dispute the idea that if a person is good enough to believe … then, they aren’t a sinner:
Romans 3:23 – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
James 1:15 – “after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin”
1 John 1:8 – “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”
Some people don’t believe they are sinners. Usually that happens because they don’t believe what the Bible says, or they don’t read the Bible.
Furthermore, those same people can’t wrap their minds around the fact that when we sin, we are separated from God. The good news is that once we confess and agree with God that we sinned, our separation from him no longer exists.
God wants us close to him:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).