By, Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Romans 7:18-25
Scripture Quote: “In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the LORD, all his faithful people! The LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full." Psalms 31:22-23 (NIV)
How often do we glory in our own achievements, thinking that we have struggled with a thing and won? Hopefully, at some point after the gloating, we repent in our hearts and give the glory to God. In Romans, our scripture reading for today, Paul confessed a similar struggle between his devotion to God that contrasted dramatically with his inner struggle with sin. So even those we esteem as great leaders and evangelists, are still sinners.
It’s difficult to face our inherently tenacious tendency to stray from what we know is right. We love God and want to spread His Gospel. But often we come across as imperfect people with no business telling others how to live. So, even our efforts at evangelism are tainted and limited. We can see Paul's struggle and understand his feelings of being so much less than he wanted to be. Yet he trusted that God knew the depth of his heart's commitment to Him and how he loathed the sin that clung to him like a ball and chain – We can do the same.
Today’s meditation: God promises to forgive and forget.
Memory Verse: Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." Hebrews 10:17 (NIV)