Right and Wrong


Why does it seem that so many people know what’s right but do what’s wrong? Why is it that sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing? Actually Paul addressed this, so the answer is right there, all anyone who really wants to do right has to do is read it and understand it. But first you have to accept and acknowledge what you do that is wrong, so that you can also know that you can’t do it on your own.I love the message version of this scripture:

Romans 7:17-25

But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

Don’t miss the answer now …. Romans 7:25 – 8:1-2; 5; 9-10

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. …

Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about.

So if there is a struggle to do the right thing, need to turn to and get closer to the person who knows how to do the right thing no matter what – Jesus Christ.

James 4:17

In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.

hmmmmm

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