Day 4 Read: Romans 7:5
For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.
Reflect: Before Christ, what kind of fruit were you producing? According to Paul, is it possible apart from Christ to just “get by” being a nice person who does good things?
Consider: Once again Paul drew a comparison. Verse 5 describes the preconversion days of the believers at Rome when they were “controlled by the sinful nature.”71 Verse 6 moves ahead to the time when they were no longer in bondage to the law. By basic inclination people are controlled by their lower nature. Apart from this fundamental insight into human nature it is impossible to understand the evil that has plagued the human race.4
Respond: Who do you know who would respond to your evangelistic effort with “I’m a good person.” How does this verse help you understand the reality of lostness? How might you change your approach with others in the future?
4 Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 162.