What a brain-twisting passage! The repetition of “do” and “do not do” mirrors my own mind as it tries to navigate this unsolvable problem. Paul outlines the struggle and the turmoil I feel as I seek to follow God’s good and right and desirable commandments. The pain that comes when I try to be good and righteous and fall short over and over again.
Earlier in the chapter, Paul tells me that in the very act of knowing the good and holy law I discover how incapable I am of fulfilling it. When he says “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” I feel the truth of it.
It seems so harsh, outlining this hopeless reality and my own broken heart that can never conquer sin. But immediately after thoroughly breaking down how impossible it is to be righteous despite my bone-deep desire, Paul tells me the good news.
This is a verse I have heard many times. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the church, perhaps it’s because I have so many memories of sleeping in the pew on my mom’s lap, but I find that the more I’ve heard a verse the harder it is for me to take the time to truly hear it anew — to feel its impact. However, as I read these two passages together, they take on a more powerful and personal meaning. I hope you too can hear this anew.
In Christ, there is no condemnation.
What I could never do, Christ came and did for me.
Christ did this to set me free.
“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Christ Jesus our Lord!” - Romans 7:25
Have a Delightful Day,
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