“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
-Romans 7:15-21 NIV
By almost any standard, the apostle Paul was a pretty solid Christian. Not that there is some hierarchy of Christians based on performance, I’m just saying that Paul would be worth imitating. In spite of Paul’s maturity as a follower of Jesus, he admitted that he still struggled with sin. He strait up says, “what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do.” Paul knew the Word and will of God. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. He struggled to translate knowledge into action. When it comes to Christian living, there are two extremes we need to avoid. The first, is thinking that we’ll achieve perfection. It’s not gonna happen. The other extreme is thinking that since we can’t be perfect, we shouldn’t try. We should try. We should try, knowing full well that we’re going to fail. The key is in the struggle. We are to fight against sin every day. Not because we’ll be perfect, but because it’s what God wants, and we owe God everything. Jesus lived a perfect life, and gave it up so we could be forgiven. In response we fight against the sin, and struggle to live lives that will glorify God, and make us happier. We’ll win some and we’ll lose some, but thanks be to God! He gives us the ultimate victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!