Romans 7: Not Perfect, but Following One Who Is
As Christians, our goal is to continue becoming more like Christ, but as we see in Romans 7, sometimes that process is quite difficult.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not have everything together. Like Paul here in Romans, it is pretty easy to understand what we should do and then do something different. Just because we become Christians does not mean that we are perfect.
Saying that, there is a process to becoming more like Jesus. There is a process to producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. There are some definite things that ought to happen as we become more conformed to the image of Christ. However, it still does not mean that we are going to be perfect on earth.
I think that is a myth about Christianity. We speak about following One who is perfect, and that is true. However, sometimes that gets translated into the fact that we ourselves are perfect. That is evidently false.
However, as Christians we do have some advantages. We do know how we ought to be, and we also know that all of our sins have been paid for. If we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us. As Paul said in chapter 6, this is certainly not a license to live a wild life and justify it by saying that God will forgive us, but it is true that God can and does forgive us.
The unfortunate reality is that we still do make mistakes, but how great is it to have a God who has paid the price?