Have you ever had someone tell you how nice you are but thought to yourself, “If they only knew what I’m really like they would not say that?” If that’s you then I want to give you hope today! There is a way we can live our lives without being overcome by our own sinfulness.
Our sinful ways can be so frustrating! We can have the best of intentions yet in a split second we can undo all the good things we’ve done with a harsh word or hurtful action. Unfortunately those who are closest to us are often the ones who bear the brunt of our struggle with sin.
There can be times when I am so much nicer to strangers than I am to my own family. Ouch, that’s not good!
When I don’t live up to my own expectations I get so frustrated. I’m annoyed that I don’t always model the grace and compassion of a child of God.
I am so thankful for biblical passages that speak to this issue. Romans 7:14-25 is one such passage and I will be forever grateful to Paul for his honesty and transparency in describing his struggle with sin.
This passage encourages us that we are not alone in this struggle and there is hope. Paul talks about being frustrated by his nature, which seems to do the opposite of what he desires. Can you relate?
There is a sense of hopelessness as he describes his frustration with sin but Paul does not leave us in that place of frustration. He shares with us the solution to this dilemma.
We don’t have to live lives where we feel slaves to our sin. We have the opportunity every day to nail our sinful nature to the cross and follow the Spirits leading, Romans 8:1-2
The question we need to be asking ourselves is, “Where are the areas in my life where my sinful nature is in control?’
We are told in Romans 8:6 that letting the sinful nature be in control leads to death. In other words if we are led by our own desires they lead to pain, dissatisfaction and a life that is laced with frustration. But Romans 8:12 tells us that we are under no obligation to follow those desires.
Our solution to overcoming our sinful nature is found in Galatians 5:16-18.
Our answer is the ongoing powerful work of Holy Spirit in our lives. The Spirit we have received means that we are no longer slaves to sin. We have been adopted as children of God, Romans 8:15-16 therefore we don’t need to feel helpless and overcome by those desires.
When we decide to let Holy Spirit guide us in these areas we won’t be giving into our sinful nature. The Spirit will equip us with desires that are in line with His purposes and plans. As we know in Galatians 5:22-23 the Spirit produces fruit that will enrich our lives and the lives of others.
We have been set free from the burden of living according to our flesh. Through the precious blood of Christ and the gift of the Spirit we have the opportunity to live by the Spirit which leads to greater peace and satisfaction in life.
I don’t always live my life in a way that reflects You. There are things I do and things I say that are contrary to You. Please forgive me for the times where I have operated out of my sinful nature rather than relying on Your Spirit to guide my life. Help me to be lead by Your Spirit so that I may live life in its fullness and with Your peace.
Question: In what areas of your life do you struggle with your sinful nature? You can leave a comment by clicking here.