“I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:21–25,NIV 1984).
My Musings – Evil seems to be always close at hand. We fool ourselves if we think we can just “play” without getting our hands messy. Truth is, we end up getting our hearts messy. Oh “what a wretched [man or woman we are!]” We wanted to be good and stay out of trouble, but “evil [was] right there with [us].” The “law” at work in our mind says “it’s such a little thing,” or “maybe just this once,” or “no want will never know,” or “what harm will it really do?” And just like that we become a “prisoner of the law of sin.”
My Advice – In our “inner being” we know what is wrong. In our “inner being” we want to do what is right. In our “inner being” we have been “[rescued] from this body of death…through Jesus Christ our Lord!” In our “inner being,” in the “law of [our] mind” and in our outward actions we must be prisoners of Christ Jesus who has freed us from being prisoners of the “law of sin.” Let’s make choices “for better” instead of choices “for worse.” For “you, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.” (Romans 8:9, NIV 1984).