Daily Devotion: So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being, I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7:21-25.
What a powerful and insightful message! The great apostle to the Gentiles and faithful servant unto death, Paul, admits in all humility that even he struggles with his fallen nature. I take this message to heart because I too, daily struggle with my fallen nature and am relieved to know that I am not the only one. If we’re honest with ourselves, we could all say the same. This points out the undeniable need for us to seek constant communion with the Lord through fellowship, worship, praying, reading, studying the Bible, avoiding the temptations of the world, heeding the Spirit’s call and guidance, and serving God’s Kingdom. Christ is always with us, and we can rely on Him to keep us pure and on the right pathway. And when we do fail, He is good to forgive us when we confess and repent of our sins. Going on in Romans 8:1, Paul writes, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Praise God!
Divine Heavenly Father, please forgive us when we miss the mark and bend to our fallen nature. We crave Your guidance and the leading and comfort of Your Holy Spirit as we live to serve You. Thank you for our Savior in whose name we pray. Amen.