Date: Thursday, May 1
Scripture: Romans 7:14-20
Verse: For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. (Romans 7:19)
We have all made mistakes despite our best intentions. We have burned the dinner we worked so hard to prepare for the dinner party. We have purchased a gift for someone, only to find it is something they did not like. We have tried to offer a compliment in a way that was heard negatively. We have sat, and thought, and prayed for make the right decision only to find later that might not have been the right way to go. Despite our best efforst, we still make mistakes.
Reading this passage from the Apostle Paul is like looking in one of those magnification mirrors. It shows me part of myself I often try to overlook and ignore. Even though we know better, and despite all our efforts to do the right thing, we just cannot do it. We still get angry. We still overeat. We still gossip. We still overindulge in negativity. We know it is wrong, but no matter how hard we try, we still make tons of mistakes. Sometimes it can be defeating. We entertain the thought, “Why bother trying if I am doomed for failure?”
Not as an excuse for sinful behavior, but there is something about knowing the Apostle Paul, the author of a large chunk of the New Testament and the evangelist who spread the Gospel all over the then-known world, had the same struggle. Sometimes we build up Bible characters to a place of obedience so high no one can attain it. When you are being too hard on yourself, remember Paul struggled too. Your mistakes don’t mean you are an enemy of God. Rather they are a reminder that you are still a sinful human being in need of God’s forgiveness.
Prayer: Forgive me, Lord Jesus, for the sins I have committed despite my best efforts to do the right thing. Amen.
Action: Spend a few minutes looking in the mirror and pointing out what is right about you.
Respond: When have you made a mistake when you were trying to do the right thing? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” or “1 (or more) Comment” below.
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