If you wanted to change the behavior of human beings, including yours, would you choose law or light to inspire change?
When confronted with humanity’s need for change, which did God choose?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3: 17-21
Law can inform, educate and inspire but law cannot change human behavior. Human behavior needs Divine light if there is to be hope for real change. Human behavior needs the light that Jesus is.
When we sense a need for change in ourselves or others we will choose something that we hope will work. We often choose law but according to Jesus we should choose Him.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12
The most practical thing I have ever learned about Christianity is that I need to take all of my behaviors to Jesus so I can see them for what they are and from where they originate. When I come with myself and my behavior into the light of Jesus, I can see what matches with Jesus and what does not.
When I walk in the light of Jesus I see the change I need in Jesus and then I can receive the change by His grace and generosity.
When you want yourself or others to change, take them to the light of Jesus not the law.