It is written: “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!” -Joshua 24:15-16
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
Example of spiritual exercise and effort… doers of the Word, not hearers only lest deceiving yourself: Jesus commands Followers- Believers to love their enemies. IF one does not consciously choose to align/realign (renew their mind) to this teaching, a person cannot become like Jesus!
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” -2 Corinthians 10:5