Today’s devotion is based on Romans 7:18, For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.”
Our sinful nature is our great misfortune in life. As a Christian, I want to do good, but as Saint Paul writes, “I find that I have another urge, one that is odds with the Law that I profess as good.”
My sinful nature keeps me from doing what I know God wants me to do. I can’t be what I want to be, a happy and good child of God. The more I try to free myself from this condition to precisely follow the Law of God, the more I find myself, like Saint Paul, opposing it, making excuses, and such for not obeying the Law.
On my own, there is no freedom from this bondage. My freedom and happiness have to come from outside of myself. That is where Jesus comes in. He alone frees us from the bondage of sin, allowing us to live a happy life in Christ. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Please join me in praying today’s prayer: Lord, thank you for the wonderful thing you did when you sent your Son, Jesus, who freed me from the bondage of sin. Thank you for allowing me to be your child through Jesus Christ. Amen.