Jody Pack, IT Manager
READ Romans 7:14-25
Have you ever experienced doubt or regret over sin in your life? Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do I continue to commit this same offense in the sight of God, even though I know better and want to do better?” I have, and so did the apostle Paul. Paul was a champion of the faith, and yet he acknowledged the sin that dwelled within his flesh. Paul writes, “I am doing the very thing I hate” (v.15) and “I practice the very evil that I do not want” (v.19). Simply put, Paul recognized and struggled with sin in his own life.
So, what does this reveal about Paul’s faith? Was it false? No! In fact, the conviction over sin in his own life was further evidence that Paul’s faith was real! Like me and you, Paul had a sin nature (Genesis 3, Romans 3:23). His response (v.24) was to cry out to God, saying “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Paul may have struggled with sin, but he did not surrender to it. Likewise, when we struggle with sin in our own lives, our first instinct should be to cry out to God and confess our sinful nature – not to surrender to sin or to turn away from Christ. God’s Word assures us that when we confess our sins, “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Are you convicted over sin in your own life? Take comfort in the fact that conviction over sin is evidence of real faith. Are you experiencing moments of doubt in your spiritual life? James says the testing of your faith produces endurance (James 1:2-4). As you confess your sin and moments of doubt to God, take time also to praise Him for the assurance that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1) and that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38). Praise God, Jesus Christ has already conquered sin and death!
Father, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love! In my moments of doubt and weakness, remind me that I have been saved by grace and that You paid the sin debt I could never pay! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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