“I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.” – Romans 7:21 NLT
My statement yesterday wasn’t entirely accurate, for I far too often relate with Paul, yearning to do what’s right but finding myself committing the opposite offense.
I echo Paul’s words: “Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?”
How many of us end our days with this thought? How many nights will we slip into a restless slumber filled with despair? Who will save us from ourselves?
I continue to echo Paul’s words for myself as well as for you:
“Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
He frees us from sin and death.
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:1-2 NLT
“Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live.” – Romans 8:12-13 NLT
This is the beginning of the gospel. This is what my soul needs to hear again and again: I have no obligation to do what my sinful nature urges me to do.
May we never grow tired of his grace.