Hope you are all well and gearing up for Christmas!
The other week, I was speaking at a school and was asked my favourite Bible verses. I have several, but the most unusual one is Romans 7:15, which says:
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do”
Pretty strange for a favourite Bible verse right?! “Chill out Matt, bit heavy for a Bible email”, I hear you think. The reason I find it so helpful is because Paul perfectly summarises the Christian life in such a relevant and realistic way. Our desire for holiness and a lifestyle of love can often be undermined by the temptations and distractions of this world and although our intentions can be good, Paul is dropping all pretences and calling it as it is. How often do our well-meaning intentions lead to a place of frustration?
I really want to encourage you that Paul, the writer of a significant part of the New Testament, can entirely empathise with where you are at. He knew what it was like to struggle with thoughts and behaviours that he detested and the feeling of disappointment of having good intentions but little action. If you could imagine yourself writing, saying or thinking Romans 7:15, why not write, say or think Romans 8:1 which says: “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”. If you are in a place of confusion or despair, just remember that Jesus is about heart transformation and not behaviour alteration; He is much more interested in having an authentic relationship with you (like He did with Paul), than a shallow sense of religion.
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