How Can We Become Good Again?

How many of you have heard: “I won’t go to hell…I’m a good person?” I’ve heard this, too. But when I reflect on my life, and read the bible, I quickly learn: even good people are bad. In the days surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus, the bible teaches us about the good people who were there:
• disciples – good enough to be chosen as part of Jesus’ ministry, and His closest friends
• religious leaders – good in their authority, Bible-knowledge, and religious deeds
• Pilate – good enough to be the Roman governor and to know Jesus was innocent
Yet they did bad things:
• disciples denied Jesus (Peter); betrayed him (Judas); and abandoned him
• religious leaders didn’t give Jesus “innocent until proven guilty,” used false witnesses, altered the justice they were there to protect
• Pilate sold out as an upright governor, and denied the truth, though admitting it
This proves that good people can be bad, and raises a question: then what do we do to become good? Personally, I can’t answer that, because as soon as I’m good, I manage to go and do bad (Romans 7:15)!  But biblically, I can answer this! The Bible says, “ALL have sinned; ALL have fallen short” (Romans 3:23) It also says, “If we say we have no sin (i.e., are good), we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.” (1 John 1:8) And the bible teaches us a simple way:
•  Admit you’ve screwed up (Romans 3:23)
•  Acknowledge Jesus is Lord to save you (Romans 6:23)
•  Accept that Jesus’ died for your badness (Romans 5:8)
•  Ask for Jesus to be your goodness (Romans 10:8-10)
If you pray through these 4 “A’s,” the Bible says there’s a party in heaven, because you’re no longer knocked down by your bad-ness; you stand tall in Jesus’ goodness!  And if you think there’s a party in heaven right now over you, wait till you spend eternity there! I hope there’s a dance floor!

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