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Passage of the Week – July 12, 2009

July 12, 2009

Sorry for missing last week. Life gets in the way sometimes. Enjoy…

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

(Romans 7:18-25 ESV)

 

This is for all those who struggle with sin, that is to say, everyone. Here we have the most prolific writer of the New Testament expressing his frustration over the inner struggle with sin that we face as Christians. If the Apostle Paul struggled what makes us thing that our path will be any easier?

Many Christians today are caught up in a type of perfectionism. The idea that we are growing to attain perfection in this life is a snare to any who seek to follow the Lord. To be sure, we should experience growth and an increased resistance to temptation but let us not think that our progress is anything other than the grace of God. Let us be grateful for those areas where we are doing well and continually repentant of those in which we struggle. Let this passage serve as a warning to the perfectionists and as an encouragement to the rest of us. Who will save us? None other than Christ.

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