I know a lot of really good-hearted people. They will do anything for you. They show a lot of compassion. They are always there when there is a problem. They are among the first ones to help. They will "give you the shirt of their back" or their last dollar if you need it. But is it enough to just be good-hearted? Especially when it comes to eternity?
A rich young ruler came to Jesus to ask a question. He addressed Jesus as "good master". Jesus corrected him by telling him that there is only one who is good-- God the Father. Meaning that in man dwells no good thing. We are not good, we are sinners with evil hearts. That is not to say that we don't do some good things like the people I described earlier. But our hearts have to be changed and transformed from "good" to "godly". Just because you have a "good heart" doesn't mean you have a "godly" heart.
The Bible tells us it all goes back to the heart. The heart has to be changed. The belief in Jesus as Savior for salvation has to come from the heart. We are to love the Lord God with all our heart. It has been said that a lot of people miss heaven by "eighteen- inches"-- the distance from the head to the heart.
Head knowledge of Jesus won't save you. Just having a mentally positive attitude about who Jesus is won't save you. Knowing that He is real and exist won't save you. Believing that He created everything won't save you either. It is with the heart that man believes unto righteousness. When the heart believes, it will become brand new. Then the heart will go from being just "good" to "godly" because God will give you a new heart-- a heart like His.
Have a great day. Are you just a good-hearted person? Or a God-hearted person? There is a difference.
For further reading:
Romans 7:18; 10:10
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