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How can you be a good Christian?

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A good Christian is characterized more than anything by the loving acts he performs, according to Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. Scripture itself states that to love God and to love one’s neighbor are the two commandments on which all others depend.

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An individual who loves God does not worship other deities or use God’s name disrespectfully. If he loves others as himself, he refrains from stealing what is theirs, lying about them, desiring what belongs to them or committing any other act not intended to meet their needs as readily as he meets his own.

Christians believe that the greatest example of love was Christ’s own sacrificial death on the cross. Since no one else is able to love that perfectly, a good Christian also acknowledges his shortcomings and looks to God for forgiveness, as explained by Pastor Daniel Habben of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Jesus taught that no one is good except God alone, so what ultimately makes a Christian good is not his own life, but the life of Christ. Good Christians therefore stand with Jesus in faith as God works in them to bring about the full release of His love poured out in their hearts through the Holy Spirit.

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