Romans 7:13 (NLT) – I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.
I think we can agree that we all do things that we know are wrong. More times than not, we know this before we even do it. So the difference begins “after the fact”. Do you revel in, or even worse, are you complacent about the sins you commit? Or do you recognize your wrong doing and seek to correct the behavior? (i.e. Repent!)
Are you more apt to own your sin and strive for better living through God’s Grace via Jesus’ Sacrifice or are you so comfortable with your sin that you don’t give it a second thought? Sin is sin and in our weakness we look to justify the small things we do each day that are sins or eventually lead to sin. Think about it for a moment and if you’re honest with yourself, you already know what they are.
What about the good things we don’t do? We know its “good” to read our Bible but instead we watch 3 hours of TV. We know it’s good to volunteer to help others, instead we go shopping for ourselves. The problem here is self-centeredness. If we work to take the focus off of ourselves then the rest will take care of itself. Philippians 4:2 – Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
How do we avoid this age old dichotomy? If we could only see ourselves doing or not doing these things it would be easier to correct. Much like advising our children on the mistakes we committed when we were young. If we think it’s a good idea for our children to seek advice from us then as God’s children isn’t it a logical conclusion that we should seek advice from him? In doing so on a daily basis, we’ll be better prepared to manage the pitfalls that come our way.
Mathew 7:8 – For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened