How Can God’s People Stop Doing Bad Things?

The Bible tells us that the heart of man is evil. So how can we do what is right? How can we keep ourselves from doing what is bad? Romans 12:21 gives us the answer. It tells us, “Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.” It says to “conquer evil” how? By doing what is good. In other words, it is not enough to stop doing what is wrong. In order to be successful in conquering our ungodly habits and tendencies, we must replace the wrong doing with right doing. For example, if you are a thief, instead of taking, start giving. If you are tempted to gossip, say something good instead. If you struggle with immorality, put on morality. If you are unloving, start doing small acts of love.

You might say, “But I don’t feel like doing the right thing!” You can still choose to do it regardless of how you feel. Take control of your life by taking control of your feelings. As a born again child of God, you can make these kind of changes in your life with a decision and the help of your heavenly Father. Scripture says in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength I need.” God gives us strength to conquer evil by giving us strength to do what is good.

To God be the glory!

6 thoughts on “How Can God’s People Stop Doing Bad Things?

  1. Amen! But let us remember, the power to change or make right choices comes from God. That power does not proceed from human will.

  2. i have a bad mind which always thinks bad i dont think positive n sometimes mind goes for sexual things n i watch sex videos which i cannot control i have given so many promises to god that i will stop doing this but i always break it so pls do something for me apart from this god has given me all the things in my life pls pray that i should stop all these stupid things

    • Steve, Of course I will pray for you. However, I must ask you if you know and have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Without His power operating in our lives,most times, our battles of the flesh continue to rage against us. We are weak and unable to change our ourselves by ourselves. But there is hope and transforming power in Christ! When we are tempted, we need to look to Jesus and say, Lord I cannot help myself. I need your supernatural power and I receive that power right now in your name! Continue to do this when you are tempted and even if you still fall when doing so. Meanwhile, it is important that you receive God’s forgiveness and continue to grow in your knowledge and acceptance of who God says you are if you are born again in Christ. As you grow in your knowledge of the recreated you empowered by the presence of Christ dwelling in you, you will continually move forward towards the freedom Christ has purchased for you! Please visit our website at to learn more about salvation in Christ. Thank you for opening your heart and I pray for God’s grace to deliver and transform you in Christ!

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