There is a passage in Paul’s letter to the Romans that gives me a headache every time I read it. I call it the Excedrin headache passage. Perhaps you know what passage it is that I am referring to. It can be found in Romans 7: vv 7 ff. Here he tells us that the commandment that promises life proves to be death (v. 10) But the real fun begins when he tells us what he wants to do, he doesn’t and what he doesn’t want to do, he does. A bit confusing?
Actually, what Paul is telling us about is the power that sin can have over our lives. I am sure that every one of us have had an experience similar to Paul’s. You probably know what I mean, you do something you don’t want to do or what you want to do, you don’t. Or it seems that you keep on messing up. Paul tells us that it is because of sin dwelling in our lives. He tells us in v. 18 of chapter 7 “For I know nothing good dwells within me, that is my flesh. For I desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.” So it is because of sin in our lives that we do what we don’t want to do and don’t do what we want to do.
Now that really isn’t so confusing is it? For when we see things from the perspective of eternity, that is from God’s point of view, we will be able to understand why it is so important for us come to Him in an attitude of repentance.
I am so thankful that God loves us so much that He sees in us His Son. So when we mess up, we can go to Him knowing that we are forgiven. This tells us that we are sinners, but in Jesus we are saved by grace. This is good news indeed.