Day 2 Read: Romans 7:14-16
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
Reflect: What does Paul’s inner battle tell us about ourselves? When is the last time you could relate to Paul’s statement: I do not understand what I do? How do you usually respond to that feeling?
Consider: In v. 14 Paul reminded his readers of the obvious fact that the law is spiritual. Since it has its origin in God, it must of necessity give expression to the holiness of God’s character. In contrast, Paul acknowledged that he was unspiritual. It takes very little self-examination for the Christian to agree that our life and conduct fall miserably short of the divine expectation. Even though the believer has a new nature acquired by a spiritual rebirth, the old nature continues to exert its maleficent influence.2
Respond: What do we communicate to God when we try to battle sin on our own? Why isn’t it realistic for us as believers to think we can live the Christian life without struggling against sin? How is our struggle with sin actually an indication of spiritual growth?
2 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 168.