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Why does Sinning never Stop?

Romans 7:19-20
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do -- this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (NIV)

The Bible is realistic about fallen human nature. With staggering honesty, Paul the apostle admits to sinning, and being unable to stop himself. He agrees that God's law is right but he cannot keep it. He knows that he has failed to obey every system of morality; he knows now that he needs a Saviour to forgive him and to strengthen him to live God's way.

In these verses Paul stresses the constant power of sinfulness in him. This should be a wake up call to every believer. Although we may like to pretend that we live holy lives, the truth is rather different. Sin is like a volcano within us waiting to erupt: and it does at the most unexpected times. Neither do we learn the lessons from yesterday's failures very well because we find we keep on falling into the same sorts of sinful behaviour. Even if we take ourselves away from the world's temptations, we still have our own sinful hearts which are good at inventing all kinds of wrong.

Such honesty is not defeatism, nor is it a reason to abandon a disciplined, prayerful and servanthearted life. But this degree of honesty shows us that the problem with our fleshly nature is much worse than we ever thought. It reminds us that no amount of self-improvement will ever make us holy. Such a task is superhuman: which is why God has given us Jesus as our Saviour, the Bible as our guide and the Holy Spirit as our powerful companion. Unless God Himself helps us, we have no hope. That is why wise people are honest about themselves and open to Jesus, committing themselves to Him for mercy and forgiveness, for grace and fellowship, for gifting and service.

Dear Lord God my heavenly Father. Thank You for this reminder that my problem with sin is far greater than I would like to think. But thank You for providing salvation in Christ which is far more healing than ever I could dream. Please help me to be honest with You and my close Christian friends so that we can abandon our self-delusions about our spiritual virtue, and fall upon Your mercy and grace. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams