Have you ever felt overwhelmed by a sinful thought that you just cannot get out of your mind & you feel so guilty that you are depressed? In today’s reading we see the apostle Paul, a chosen instrument of God, a worker of miracles, and a leader in the church experience that same guilt.
Romans 7: 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 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.
Then the apostle Paul pronounces the solution. There is only one way to overcome and, even though the victory has been given us, we must daily focus on “Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 7: 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!