Does being "good" get you to heaven?

I've always tried to be the "good" girl.

When I was a kid, I didn't really get in trouble, I got great grades, I was good at band and good at choir. I was in the worship band and involved in youth group at the small church in my hometown.

And as an adult, I still like being good. But guess what?

Being "good" isn't what gives you salvation. Salvation comes from Jesus and God's grace. It's not because of who or what we are or have done, it's because of who He is. 

What does the Bible say about the way to Salvation?

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6 

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. - John 10:9

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9

I should also mention that there's nothing wrong with trying to be good either! I want to teach my daughter to be kind, thoughtful and obey the Bible and her parents. BUT- being good isn't a direct line to salvation. A person can be the most thoughtful and the most kind, but if that person doesn't know Jesus, they don't have salvation.

 

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7 comments


  • Michelle

    God bless you always! Simply and beautifully said! I luv how you are sharing your experience with us all! You’re sharing the Good News with all you and your Team is doing!!! Merry Christmas 🎄! So happy I found your website!


  • Leah

    I am so thankful to Jesus and all he has done for me. I pray for friends and family that don’t know Jesus as their savior. I am just so blessed to know Jesus as my savior.


  • Shari B Ramoly

    Brenna, this was such a treat to find in my email. I’m praying all who read this post will surrender to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. Thank you for sharing Christ in all you do. ❤


  • Linda Cook

    I love these Bible readings. Although I go to church every week I must confess I do not know the Bible like I should. Our mother raised us to be active in the church. As I moved into my early twenties I got away from the church but then came back when I was in my mid thirties. Now I am in my mid seventies. I have always been good in my eyes but don’t know if that is acceptable in Gods kingdom. I have accumulated several Bibles and will sit down begin to read it but get lost with how to understand it. I lost my husband 2 years ago and leaned on my pastor for strength. He recently passed away from Covid and that left me a bit lost. I was very active in the church but can’t seem to get back into that activity. I need to get back to the Bible but would like to have an audio version that explains the meaning of the verses.
    Sorry to vent but I am concerned that because I am a bit lost at the moment, will I still be accepted by my Lord and Savior.


  • Donna Vaughn

    Thank you so much for spreading this message!


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