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Reflection on Rom 7:16-17

Post date:   2019-04-20
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 7:16-17

 

« If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good.
But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. »
 

The Apostle Paul points out that if I will not to do evil which I do, I agree with the law that it is good. Then he speaks about the root of evil in me which affects my feelings, mind and will, and he says that this root of evil is original sin in me. The Apostle next develops this truth about sin in us: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practise. 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.”

Therefore, we have to fight with sin, and not forget the words of Christ: “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” “Because narrow is the way which leads to eternal life.” (Mt 7:14)

 

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