Romans 7:14-20, 25
We know that the Law is spiritual, but I’m made of flesh and blood, and I’m sold as a slave to sin. I don’t know what I’m doing, because I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that I hate. But if I’m doing the thing that I don’t want to do, I’m agreeing that the Law is right. But now I’m not the one doing it anymore. Instead, it’s sin that lives in me. I know that good doesn’t live in me—that is, in my body. The desire to do good is inside of me, but I can’t do it. I don’t do the good that I want to do, but I do the evil that I don’t want to do. But if I do the very thing that I don’t want to do, then I’m not the one doing it anymore. Instead, it is sin that lives in me that is doing it.
Thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then I’m a slave to God’s Law in my mind, but I’m a slave to sin’s law in my body.
Food For Thought:
With great vulnerability and insight, Paul just described the depth (and sometimes agony) of the human condition. We have all been there: knowing what we should do to be healthy, kind, responsible, faithful, or spirit-filled, while taking steps in precisely the opposite direction. We desire but are unable to do good. The human struggle runs deep within us. While our faith binds us to Christ, we find ourselves bending toward sin. While we live in despair over our tendency to surrender to sin, we have a compelling reason to hope! God’s grace is upon us in the presence of the Holy Spirit! We have every reason, like Paul, to thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Jesus, it is sometimes so hard to do the things that we know are best. It is a daily struggle to make the decisions that bring honor to you. Please order my steps today. Guide me in your ways. May your spirit lead me. When I feel tempted to surrender to sin, fill me up with the hope of your grace and the strength to walk with you. In your name I pray these things, Amen.