When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12
Darkness is the absence of light. Jesus is light. If you don’t follow Jesus, you live in darkness. So, what does it mean to follow Jesus?
It means living righteously, doing the right thing. not succumbing to temptation, not being greedy, prideful, angry or vengeful.
Easier said than done, right. No one said it would be easy. But Jesus didn’t leave us alone in the world to combat our sinful natures and the devil’s temptations. He gave us the Holy Spirit who we can count on and call on to give us strength, patience, goodness, kindness, love, peace, joy, gentleness, faithfulness and most importantly self-control.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~Galatians 5:16-25
God also equipped us with clearly written instructions to follow in the Bible. That is God’s will for us. For us to OBEY His Word.
Is that so hard to comprehend?
What would Jesus do?
Think about it, then do it.