The Mystery of You – – born sinful, learning knowledge of what is good and evil, right or wrong but the heart overpowers conscience and races toward self-indulgence. 21 “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (Romans 7:21-24)
It happens to us all
Surely you can relate to what the Apostle Paul has stated here. Wanting to do what is right does not always impact the actions that follow. We are born with this sinful and evil nature. This may seem harsh and be difficult to believe as it may violate your world view. Unfortunately, it is very real and something that all people have or are silently confronting, second after second.
We are on the clock
Once we get past that shock, we can feel relieved in knowing that there is an answer. Some are likely still having an issue accepting this truth about themselves. Just know – the fact that you are reading this article proves that God loves you. We are born on a clock that ticks towards zero, so there is no time to waste. Our time is guaranteed to expire. You can do something great for yourself by accepting Jesus.
You may be asking yourself “Do I really have a problem?” Is it really me or others that have an issue? That is a fair question for an individual that has not taken the time to honestly examine one’s own self. The ensuing state of delusion and denial is damaging to a meaningful life. More importantly, it is dangerous to your willingness to grab hold of the opportunity of an eternity. In our hearts, you and I know the truth. We all stand guilty as accused.
Good works/Evil nature
BUT WAIT – I am a good person who does a lot of good things! The problem is a separation from our Creator, God. The evil nature does not prevent us from doing some good works. I know the topic of this article (the nature of our sin) can be confusing as you reflect on all the positive things that you have done. Nevertheless, these works cannot save us from the condition that exists with everyone apart from God. No matter how much good we do, it cannot cancel out the evil born to man.
Our life’s work paints a picture as if this life is all there is…a never-ending life on earth with most of our actions focused on satisfying our own desires. A person’s actions rarely line up with what is known as truth. Life on this earth has ended for many and will continue to do so for many more. Your declaration should be, I have misled myself long enough and it stops today. “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So, you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” (Romans 7:25)
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good works. I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.