Top 13 Bible Verses About People’s True Colors

The Bible doesn’t paint a rosy picture about human beings, or human nature, but here are Bible verses that reveal people’s true colors.

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Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
- Psalm 51:5

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
- Romans 7:24

The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- Genesis 6:5

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
- Romans 3:10-12

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
- Romans 5:12

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
- Jeremiah 17:9

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
- James 4:1

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
- Matthew 7:16

Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
- Proverbs 20:11

The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
- Psalm 147:6

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
- Romans 7:18

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
- Romans 3:23

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
- Romans 8:1

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5 Stories From The Bible About People’s True Colors

Here are 5 stories from the Bible about people’s true colors.

What Defiles

People have a misconception about people who are “good.”  For one thing, the Bible says not even one of us are good (Romans 3:10-12), and that’s proven even more true by what comes out of our mouth.    What we say reveals what’s in the heart.   Jesus said that “what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person” (Matthew 15:18), and of course, He was referring to our words.  It is not what we eat but what do we say that defiles.  Whatever we draw from the well is either bitter or sweet. 

The Spring of Life

There is power in our words.  They can either build up or tear down. Telling someone that they’re worthless, no good, or calling them a name can have a negative impacts for life, so Solomon’s admonition is to “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23). These “springs” can be poisonous or refreshing, since what flows from the heart affects all that it touches.

Gall of Bitterness

When Simon the Sorcerer tried to buy the power of the Holy Spirit so he could do miracles too (Acts 8:19), the Apostle Peter rebuked him, knowing his motives were not for God’s glory but rather, people would be in awe of Simon.  Peter said, “For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity” (Acts 8:23). Simon was amazed at the miracles that God worked through Peter, but his motives were sinful.

The Deceitful Heart

Who can know the heart?  Not me.  It is too easy for our hearts to deceive us.  We can start to rationalize things we do, but God wanted us to understand our hearts and be on guard against deception.  Jeremiah the Prophet wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it” (Jeremiah 17:9)?  That’s a rhetorical question…we cannot know the depths of our own human depravity…only God knows the heart, but thankfully, He gives us a new heart (Jeremiah 24:7; Ezekiel 11:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Fruits and Roots

You don’t have to look very far in this world to see the fruits of the flesh.  Just look at the Internet or watch TV and you can see “sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions” (Galatians 5:19-20), but that’s the state of the unconverted human heart.  Only God’s Spirit can bear fruits such as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22), so the fruit reveals the root, good or bad.

These Bible verses about people’s true colors should awaken us to the fact that God’s grace is so amazing. Why not share these with someone you know?