Frustration on the Inside

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 7:14-25

What I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (v. 15, NIV)

Sheila lived a wild and free life. But she didn’t feel free. She felt trapped in her addiction to sex and alcohol. In desperation she attended a church revival, where she heard that she could be free from a life of unbridled sin. The evangelist was speaking to her—and she came forward to accept Jesus as her Savior.

Sheila began to experience a joy she had never known. She found a church that accepted her. Her past was past.

Or was it? Sheila started feeling some of the old urges resurface—especially when a married man in the church began to pay attention to her. Before she could stop herself, she was in the midst of a new guilt-ridden affair.

The Christian life is a constant struggle against sin. Even the apostle Paul experienced it. He admits that far too often he gave in. We can all identify with him. What’s the answer? We must first recognize the reality that the battle against sin is lifelong, and when sin does grab hold of us, ask God for forgiveness. Then hear the good news. “Who will rescue me from this body of death?” asks Paul. And he immediately supplies the answer: “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

PRAYER

Lord, I confess my all-too-frequent sins. Thanks be to you for Jesus Christ!