21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;23 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 at work within me.24 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! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:21-25
In this part of today’s reading, Paul tells his readers that he came to understand sin ( especially his own) through The Law. Unlike some of the people back then, knowing The Law did not make a person “holier” – in fact, it is possible that one would sin even more ! He also recognizes that ( in verse 25) that is by nature not able to do right on his own, that he needs to be delivered from those sinful ways by God through Jesus.
Let us pray please – Loving and Giving God, it is true for all of us today, as it was then, that we know that by nature we are sinful beings. Paul realized that he needed You to be saved from this nature by the redeeming blood of Jesus. Help us to never, ever forget that great sacrifice that our Savior made. It is through Jesus that we pray all to You. Amen.
Yours in Christ , Rollie