Acts 3:26 NIV
When God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.
Donít be misled; donít believe that you can turn from your wicked ways on your own. God blesses you by turning you from your wicked ways Ė itís not the other way around! Apart from Christ you will remain in your flesh and its wicked ways.
Too many Christians are misled into believing that their ďgoodĒ behavior is a blessing to God. God isnít impressed by our works. We cannot produce Spiritual fruit on our own; therefore, we cannot produce anything that would be of value to God. We need Him to do the Spiritual work in us; we need to abide in Him if we want Spiritual fruit in our lives.
You must understand that His Word is full of His promises to you Ė promises for your behavior, your thoughts, your words, and much more! Instead of looking at the Word as a rule book, look at it as Godís loving promise book. For example, when you read about treating others according to love, donít look at it as a challenge or something you must accomplish if you want God to be happy with you; look at it as a promise you can count on Ė if you will abide in the Word of God you will love others and treat them right. The opposite is also true; however, if you ignore the Word you will never walk in love. You cannot adjust your behavior to fit into the mold of the Word; only God can transform you into His image.