Romans 7:18-19


Romans 7:18-19 For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.


O Lord, thank you for your extreme patience and eternal love.  So often I feel the struggle these words express – I do what I don’t want to do and I keep doing the things I wish that I wouldn’t.  It’s frustrating and disappointing.  Even more it leaves me feeling defeated, lamenting: “What a wretched man I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24).  BUT “Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).  I am not defeated but victorious.  His victory is mine for I’ve been forgiven, redeemed, and rescued!  You continue to apply this true to me day after day after day demonstrating your love and patience to me.  So help me remember that truth today that it empowers me to win the struggles I face.  In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.