I have certain things that I struggle with on a regular basis. The apostle Paul would call them "weaknesses". I hate the fact that I have these flaws/weaknesses. I hate that I can't keep myself under control. I hate that I hurt my relationship with Christ when I fall into the traps of my weaknesses. It's DISGUSTING. I mean, think about it...when we do things that we know are wrong, we sin. So what? Well, not just sinning, but we're breaking God's heart each time. I put it into a perspective that I can understand. It's like doing something that I know intentionally hurts Claude. That thought cuts me to the core and that is how I'm looking at my sins. I mean, how many of us intentionally want to break our loved one's hearts? I think about how proud my parents are of me and sometimes I wonder if they'd be so proud if they knew my weaknesses and could see into my heart. Don't get me wrong, I know they would love me anyway, but I am glad that only Christ can see into our hearts.
So, I claim Romans 7:15-25NLT.
v15 I really don't understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it.
v18b I want to do what is right, but I can't.
v22 I love God's law with all my heart.
v23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.
v25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. so you see how it is: in my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
THANK GOD INDEED! I'm so glad He gives mercy to my weak, sinful nature.