Why is godly behavior so important? - Behavior - TouchPoints

Why is godly behavior so important?

Matthew 5:14-16You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Whether we realize it or not, others will be affected by our behavior as we follow Jesus. Remember that we don’t let our light shine so that people will be impressed and praise us, but so that people will be influenced to praise God. When people see what God can do in us, they might begin to consider what he could do in them.

Ephesians 4:31-32Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Much of the Christian life is replacement work: eliminating negative behaviors by replacing them with ones that match God’s character. Almost all the negative and positive traits mentioned in these verses are relational, not private: We express them toward others. We are called to take seriously both what God tells us not to do and what he instructs us to do. Paul concludes this thought by reminding us that the way we forgive others—or not—reveals how well we truly understand God’s forgiveness. When we think we can’t forgive others, we should remind ourselves how much God has forgiven us.

Titus 2:12We are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.

When people see godly behavior in us, they will want to know what makes us different. We will then have a wonderful opportunity to tell them.

Romans 8:15You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

If we claim to be God’s children, we should behave like God’s children. Our lifestyles clearly display our loyalties. People of God will live as God commands.

1 Peter 3:15You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

When we live hopeful lives in a world filled with despair and hopelessness, we will be noticed. We may even be confronted. In either case we must be prepared to point to Jesus and what he has done for us.