How can I be a good Christian?
Here's the answer:
Believe it or not, we can’t be "good Christians" on our own!
Usually when we ask this question, we think of activities we should do. Like go to church on Sunday, or reading the Bible, praying, and telling others about Jesus. Those are all good things we can do to develop our Christian life.
If we know Jesus, though, we know we can’t be "good Christians" on our own. We need His help! That’s why He sends His Spirit to live in us when we believe in Jesus for salvation. The Holy Spirit will help us by telling us when we do wrong things and encouraging us to do the right thing.
The Bible says that we should "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). When we listen to the Holy Spirit and do the right thing, we’re obeying God and showing Him how much we love Him. That’s what God really wants us to do—obey Him by following what He says in His Word.
Being a good Christian doesn’t mean we follow a checklist on the things we should do. It means we love God so much for all He’s done for us that we want to serve and obey Him. And when we do that, we will grow closer and closer to Him. That’s what being a good Christian really means!
"You are my friends if you do what I [Jesus] command" (John 15:14).
"Come near to God, and he will come near to you" (James 4:8).
"If you love me, you will obey what I command" (John 14:15).