You commit to a specific appointment time. You set the alarm, get everybody up, and start your day. You decide to add a couple of extra touches to breakfast.
You see that pile of clean laundry and decide it needs to be folded. Your hair won’t cooperate. You head out the door 20 minutes later than necessary.
“For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing.” Romans 7:19
You spot her as you’re heading into church and choose a seat in a different area of the sanctuary. The service ends and she’s coming your way. You walk right by her.
“Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.” Romans 7:20
“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.” Romans 7:21
Paul, the hero of the faith who wrote these words, faced the same predicament.
“So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:25b
The internal turmoil begins the moment we are reconciled to the Father through Christ.
Response Option #1
Wring our hands and cry out, “Woe is me!”
Response Option #2
Look up and declare, “Thank you for the confirmation, LORD.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
If you find these words encouraging, please share them with a friend. Thank you.