Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Matthew 5:44: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
My flesh wants to love me and me only. Never mind about loving God, neighbours, enemies or anyone else. Your flesh is like that too. Before we receive Christ and become children of God, there is no agape love in us. That kind of love is the love of God and the fruit of the Spirit and we don*t have the Holy Spirit or that love until and unless we receive Christ.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Galatians 4:6: And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Even the Apostles Peter and Paul and the prophet Isaiah did not fully know of the evil nature of their flesh until after their encounters with the living God.
Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus* knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
Romans 7:18a: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: . . . 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Isaiah 6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Like Paul we must keep our body under. It is supremely important to know that we can have God*s Word and His help in that difficult battle.
1 Corinthians 9:27: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Psalms 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
John 17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Another supremely important truth is that God is able to provide forgiveness and a fresh start when we fail.
1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I love those words all unrighteousness!!