Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Behavior.

A person’s actions or way of life. Good behavior will not earn salvation, but believers must practice good behavior in accordance with Scripture as evidence of their conversion. Scripture stresses that bad behavior is inconsistent with Christian faith and urges believers to mend their ways.


Examples of good behavior

Ge 5:24; 2Ki 18:3; Job 1:8; Lk 1:6; Jn 1:47; 3Jn 3,5-6,12.



Examples of bad behavior

1Ki 16:30 See also Ge 4:8; 6:5; 1Sa 25:3; 2Ti 4:14; 3 Jn 9-10.



Good behavior towards God is commanded

Ex 20:2-11 pp Dt 5:6-15.



Obedience to God’s word 

Ps 1:2 See also Ps 19:7-11; 119:1-4.



Good behavior towards other people is commanded

1Pe 2:12 See also Ex 20:12-17; Dt 5:16-21; Ps 15:1-5; Pr 12:2 Pr 10:1-31:31 contains much wisdom concerning good and bad behavior; Mt 5:21-24.



Good behavior does not earn salvation

Ro 3:20; Tit 3:5 See also Gal 2:15-16; Eph 2:8-9; Php 3:9.



Good behavior confirms a believer’s profession of faith

Jas 2:14-19; 2Pe 1:5-11 See also Mt 7:16-20; Lk 6:43-45. 



Obedience to Jesus Christ and his teachings Mt 7:24-25; Lk 6:47-48 See also Jn 14:15,23; 15:10; Col 3:16.



A believer has died to sin and is alive to God Ro 6:11-14 See also Ro 6:2,19; Gal 5:16,24-25; Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:1,5,9-10; 1Th 5:5-8.




Dealing With Issues: Bitterness.

Bitterness is a feeling of anger and resentment, caused particularly by perceived unfairness in suffering or by adverse circumstances.




Examples of bitterness in people’s lives

Ru 1:19-21; 2Sa 13:22; Est 5:9; Lk 15:30.



The causes of bitterness:


1) Adverse personal circumstances Job 10:1 See also Ge 27:34; Ru 1:20 “Mara” means “bitter”; 1Sa 30:6; 2Sa 13:36; 2Ki 4:27; Ps 55:4-14; Pr 17:25; Jer 6:26


2) External circumstances Eze 3:14 Because of the exiles’ hardness of heart. See also Job 21:25; 27:2; La 3:1-20; Eze 21:6


3) Human failure Mt 26:75; Lk 22:61-62 See also Ezr 10:1; Jer 2:19; 4:18; La 1:4




Bitterness is evidence of a sinful heart

Ac 8:23 See also Ro 3:10-18


Bitterness is to be avoided

Heb 12:15 See also Eph 4:31; Jas 3:14


The remedy for bitterness is forgiveness 

Ge 33:1-11; Lk 15:25-32; Eph 4:31-32


The causes of bitterness will pass away Ps 37:1-2