Read Romans 7:14-25.

Go ahead, take minute. Pick one word to describe yourself. Just one. Choose it carefully.

What word did you choose? Did you pick a word that honestly describes who you are in reality or one that defines the person you want to be in your heart of hearts? Is it the word others who know you well would have chosen?

Paul picked a word to described himself. As a strong, passionate, mature, exemplary, consistent – not to mention, inspired – Christian selected the word “wretched” as most fitting.

I resemble that remark. and not just because my middle name is “Paul.” And it seems to me that God can do no real good with anyone until they reach this point, the point where they conclude that “good itself does not dwell in [them].” Then, and only then, can God work some real good in us and through us.

God my Father, you know the war that rolls within me always. “I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” – these are my words, too. They truly reflect my ways. For your continued deliverance through Christ from this wretched state, I pray, I thank you for and rejoice in. Amen.


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