God knows that the love of money, the desire for power, gossip, covetousness, self-centeredness, sexual immorality, and all other works of the flesh sow seeds of death into our lives and the lives of those we love. This is why he demands (not insists) that we flee from these things and, by the power of the Spirit, embrace his ways.
His ways bring joy, peace, and sanity to our lives.
How many of us have experienced the consequential chaos of living outside God’s good rule? How many of us have walked in the rotten fruits of our fleshly lusts and pursuits? A great many of us, I assume.
The hard and narrow path of loving God and walking in his commands can be difficult because our flesh violently resists it, but it is the path that leads to life (Matthew 7:14). And by the grace and Spirit of God poured out through Jesus, it is a path that those who have faith can walk.
Believers, the forgiveness we’ve received through the gospel is an invaluable possession. Day in and day out we should shout praises of gratitude for it. But equally invaluable, and often overlooked, is the power we have received through the gospel to desire God’s ways and walk in them. Grace both forgives and empowers redeemed sinners. Not only are our slates forever clean and our souls forever wrapped in the righteousness of Christ, but our hearts have been made new and are filled with the power to live an increasingly righteous life.
The ways God instructs us to live our lives, do our work, handle food and alcohol, and interact in our relationships are the best ways. They will result in our peace and happiness and flourishing. So let’s walk in them! Let’s plug our ears to the lies of Satan and the whispering seductions of our flesh and, for our own good, obey the life-giving commands of God.