I wonder what Abraham felt like when he was following through to obey God's command to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Scripture doesn't tell us, but we can imagine since Abraham was no less human than all the rest of us.
I believe it's important to obey God, even when we don't understand. Do you ever get a sense, and I'm talking generally about a repeated sense over time, that you should do such and such, or not do such and such, but all kinds of good "scriptural" arguments would suggest to you otherwise, and because the arguments do make sense you abandon what you sensed was God's will. I'm afraid that can be a problem for us.
Some things really are obviously wrong, if you get to the core or root of the issue. On those matters, I think we need to do what the Israelites were called to do: sacrifice to God or put to death that which is devoted to destruction being under God's judgment. This is not easy since more often than not we're talking about idols that we've entertained in our hearts. But no matter how hard it is, we need to do it.
This leads me to this important point: This will be hard- maybe even excruciating, and one often feels like they're lost when doing this. What we need to hang on to, and therefore hang in there for is the consolation of the grace and peace of God in our endeavor to obey him in the matter. Of course this involves change, repentance. And it means a new way of life, a refusal to return to the old way. It's important that we hang on hard to this in the short term, so that it ends up being long term, and therefore really a change for us.
Are we willing to give up that which may be nearest and dearest to us? And are we willing to let go of, yes- put to death all that is sinful, that matter which is sin? To not go there or be a part of that anymore? These are questions we must face before God. And then we must choose to live in a new way, in fellowship with God and with each other, in the way of Jesus.
What thoughts might you add here?