When we were raising our eight kids we said “be good” a million times. It was our cover all situations admonition. Whatever they were doing that they shouldn’t have been doing was covered under “be good.” God must think like we did or rather we must have thought the way He did and does because God says “be good” a lot, though not quite a million times.
Deuteronomy 6:18 You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you.
Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalms 37:3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Ecclesiastes 3:12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;
Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; Seek justice,
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Galatians 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
So here is a major principle of life, “the more you choose to do good the more you will become a good person in character.”
A person who is good in their heart, in their character does good like breathing, that is who they are, that is how they think, that is how they act without thinking about it.
We are not born good; we are born selfish, we all are, without exception. Some become good people in character, but not very many. When we choose to do good to another person because it is the right thing to do, not because we feel like it, the action, the choosing changes us on the inside. Keep choosing to do good and before long you won’t have to choose, you just do it, you can’t not do good because that is who you are, that is what you are.