Along with reproving and correcting us, the Bible, God’s divinely inspired Word and the Christian’s standard for faith and practice, also serves as our “instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It not only points out our intentional sin and unintentional mistakes, but preemptively points us in the right direction so that we might avoid all wrongdoing.
To please God requires that we know what pleases Him and what displeases Him. Afterward, we must do what is pleasing to Him and avoid what is displeasing Him. How can we know what God deems right—what pleases Him—and what God deems wrong—what displeases Him? The answer is: The Bible! The Bible is our divinely given instructions in righteous living. By carefully following its instructions we will live righteous lives that are pleasing to God.