Reading: Romans 7: 15-25
Verse 15: For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Paul’s honest passage surely hits home. The struggle with sin is one we all face on an almost daily basis. Even as one matures in the faith and the daily walk of life seems to be going quite well, all of a sudden sin rears its ugly head and we wonder where that came from. Paul also begins by expressing that he does not understand how this happens. He writes, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, we want to follow Him daily and to have our lives reflect His love to others. This is what we want to do. Yet we often fail to do this all of the time. Instead we get caught up in ourselves and in the smallness of life and we find ourselves doing what we hate.
Paul attributes the cause of this struggle to the sin living within him. He is aware of the desire to sin that lives in him and in all of us. It is so because we are of the world. All around us are reminders to gratify self instead of seeking to please God. Satan is constantly at work within us, trying to bring us off the narrow path that leads to true life and onto the wide road that leads to death. The evil one also tries to have a hand in preventing us from doing the good we desire to do. He brings up doubts and fears and makes us question ourselves, making it sometimes hard to do the good we desire to do.
It would seem that all is lost. It is not. In verse 22 Paul writes, “For in my inner being I delight in God’s law”. For all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we too know the light and love that lives in our hearts. It is the courage and strength to face each day and to do the good we desire to do. It is also the peace that passes understanding that helps us past the storms and past the doubts and fears we face. Paul closes by admitting that he is weak and wretched. So are we. But we are not alone. Paul asks, “Who will rescue me”? The same one who rescues us all. The passage concludes with the answer to this question: Jesus Christ! To He alone who can rescue, we join Paul in saying thanks be to God.