Romans 7; 1 Samuel 16; Psalm 61
In the Lord of the Rings trilogy one of the classic scenes in the third movie was Gollum arguing with himself about how to deal with “the maser” and his “precious.” The camera portrays Gollum as both evil and good as he argues with himself. I have no doubt that the passage in the book and the interpretation in the movie was inspired by Romans 7. There is perhaps no more confusing, if not explicit passage on the nature of sin and grace than Romans 7. Paul talks about his desires to live right, but because of the Law, he recognizes his sin. As he argues back and forth about his desire to do right and the problem of sin, he ends with an amazing question and answer. “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” (Romans 7:24-25) I am amazed that so many recognize the holiness of God and their inner nature of sin and yet still seem to think that somehow they can make themselves “good enough” for God. Our relationship with God is restored when we finally come to the same conclusions that Paul did: we are wretched in our sin; we can’t rescue ourselves; only Jesus Christ can restore our relationship with God. It is God who frees us from our sinful nature. It is God who gives us the power to overcome the sin within us. It is God who restores our relationship with Him. Thanks be to God!
Oh Lord, how I want to do good! Temptation overcomes and I continue to go back to my sinful ways. Thank You for Your forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Thank You that I have power to overcome sin because of Your love and grace. Let me live not according to my sinful desires, but according to Your grace in my life.