We all know the struggle against the power of sin. “I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.” In this passage Paul does not say, ”the devil made me do it.” He is saying that through the words of the law, a power from outside me, sin, has corrupted my will and pride. I think I can make decisions that are good for me. However, I find that, in fact, many decisions make things worse and hurt the people I care about.
Most of our sins are a sinful reaction to being sinned against. Therefore, we respond out of a list of fears in order to protect ourselves, rationalizing that it is for everyone’s good. For example, I might be afraid no one will like me, so I become the class clown to cover my inadequacies. But my funny behavior becomes sarcastic, and sarcasm is always aggressive and hurtful. It laughs at others and so is not really funny. But people laugh anyway, joining me in my sin.
Jesus will deliver us from this sinful life which leads to death through the forgiveness of our sins and cleansing us from our unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Prayer: Lord, Jesus, by the power and presence of your Holy Spirit, break the power of sin in us and give us a new obedient life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.