Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
(Romans 7:21 (NIV))
Paul knew that human nature was to turn to sin even when we don’t want to. Paul, who turned away from everything that he had been raised to follow, knew that sin lurks behind every shadow. Paul, the man whom Jesus sent to share the Gospel with the Gentiles, often found himself in situations that would easily allow sin. He knew very well that the possibility to sin is constantly present. He also knew that he had to stay focused on Jesus in order to avoid falling into the trap of sin.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 (NIV))
It is true that human nature leads us into sin if it is left to its own desires. But, there is a bigger truth that we must all embrace. That truth is that God longs to give us salvation from our sins. He accomplished this through the atoning blood of Jesus, His only begotten Son.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
Grace and mercy are a wonderful gift from God, the Father. They cannot be earned. They cannot be purchased. They are freely given to any and all who will simply ask with a desire to turn away from their sin. With salvation comes the Holy Spirit to live within us. The Holy Spirit will guide us and help us to keep evil at bay so that we can focus on Jesus.
Paul was correct in saying that evil is right there with him. However, with the presence of the Holy Spirit and the power of Jesus, we can overcome evil and live in righteousness. We must never let down our guard. We must constantly be ready to overcome the enemy.
With Jesus, all things are possible.