Thanks be to God

Date: Friday, May 2

ScriptureRomans 7:21-25

Verse: Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25a)

angel-and-devil-on-shoulderWe’ve all seen the pictures of the person struggling to do the right thing with an angel-self on one shoulder, and a devil-self on the other. While cliché, the image describes our inner struggle, and today’s reading, rather well. We have all had those conversations within us where on the one hand we know the right thing to do, but the sin is so tempting, apparently harmless, and so hard to avoid.

Yesterday we focused on how prone we are to sin, despite our best efforts to avoid it. As Paul continues yesterday’s text, he too comes to that point of feeling defeated, asking, “Who will rescue me” from myself? The answer is Jesus. God has given us Christ, who not only forgives us our sins, but strengthens us to avoid the sinful behavior. We need not be slaves of our sinful, selfish desires. We have an advocate, our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

In other words, we do not battle sin alone. We may not have an angel on our shoulder, but we have Christ in our corner. God has given us Jesus to rescue us from our sinful selves, to encourage and enable us to confront the sin in our lives. Addicts learn this in 12-step groups, and we can know it too. By surrendering our sinfulness to Christ, it will be overcome.

Prayer: Today, Lord Jesus, I give you my sinful self. Forgive and renew me. Amen.

Action: Give that decision, that behavior, that struggle over to Christ today. Allow him to rescue you from yourself.

Respond: How has surrendering your sin to Jesus helped you overcome it? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” or “1 (or more) Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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