It is frustrating. I don’t know why it happens. I know what is right. I know how I’m supposed to live. I know that doing it is wrong. I have died to sin. I’ve committed myself to becoming more like Jesus, but I do the very thing I hate . The very actions that I know are wrong I commit. It is frustrating.
Now the above paragraph is not about me or you, although it could be. No the above paragraph was actually penned by Paul. Yes, the super apostle himself. The man who converted the world. The one who taught the nations. He struggled with sin. He struggled with becoming more like Jesus. He struggled with doing the actions that he knew were wrong. He did stuff that he hated. And no this is not during his days as Saul. This was after the Damascus road. After his conversion.
The second half of Romans 7 is Paul decrying his sinfulness. He is struggling with how he continues to do wrong, when he knows right. He hates it.
The end of this chapter and the beginning of chapter 8 provide us with hope. It is the same hope that Paul had. It is the same hope that we have as we strive to do right, but still sin. That hope is found in two verses:
O wretched man, who will rescue me from my sin. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. For there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 7:24-8:1).
Children of God will sin. Even though we are trying and striving to become like Jesus we will still sin. That sin will leave us frustrated and might even make us want to give up. DON’T! Remember Jesus Christ has saved you and there is no condemnation in Him.
I am a sinner. I have been saved by your grace, but I still commit sin. I commit sin even though I know it is wrong. At times I feel like I should just give up. Thank you Lord for your grace that leaves me uncondemned. Help me to walk in it.
Through Your Son,
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