Are we relentlessly persistent in our pursuit of moral purity?

For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. Romans 7:19-21 NKJV.chains25

One of the laws of physics is that anything in motion causes friction. Similarly, one of the laws of the spiritual realm is that any motion or progress in the pursuit of godliness will produce “friction” as it confronts the carnality of human nature.

The Apostle Paul shares with us his pursuit of godly living, please note his commitment, which is evident when he writes, “I will to do.” To exercise the will is to determine or choose or commit to do something.

In John 3:16 God loved in mercy and gave grace in grace, as an act of His will. In Paul’s case, he “wills”to do good, that is, to resist the flesh’s natural drift toward the unworthy, immoral, or self-serving. Let us take note of the conflict; “evil is present,” that is there is no escape from human inclinations, except through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, 7:24-8:4.

We are called to commit to godliness with relentless persistence. There is therefore a higher law (8:2) that assures victory as we over come “fleshly friction,” pressing forward in the determined, passionate pursuit of Christ in you the hope of glory.


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