I have a problem. It’s a really big problem. As a matter of fact, it is the biggest problem that I have. Are you ready? It’s me!
Romans 7:15 says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” Paul gives a distinction in this chapter between the flesh and the spirit.
The term “flesh” is used to refer to the part of a person that is not controlled by the Spirit of God. The old nature still raises its ugly head. I still deal with anger, selfishness and pride. Every day is a battle and every day I must remind myself – “I am crucified with Christ.” (Galatians 2:20) I struggle.
I am grateful that Paul said what He said. I too desire to be God’s man and to do God’s will but many times, I get caught up in me, my desires, and my agenda instead of God’s.
Paul is helping us identify with the constant struggle to do what is right and not do what is wrong.
I love how he ends chapter seven. He recognizes and acknowledges that nothing inside of him is any good except Christ. He goes on to say in verses 24 and 25, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! ”
I will continue to struggle but I grateful for Jesus who not only forgives but enables me by the Spirit of God to desire to live a life pleasing to him even in the midst of my struggle!