Romans 7:17-20 (MSG) But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
Almost every person has at least one-a person you love, but also deeply resent or hate. It could be a parent, spouse, sibling, boss, a rebellious child, neighbor, friend or even God if we really want to be honest. Living in a love-hate relationship isn’t easy. It requires some very complicated and refined coping skills.
The problem, however, is that too many people go on, day after day, merely coping with the situation. Either they are unaware that they can do more than cope, or they are unwilling to do it. Those comfortable to merely cope with the situation are not happy people. Whether they stay in the relationship or leave, they render themselves powerless to change. They lose faith in the power of God to change the situation. They give up on prayer as a means to facilitate change. How about you? Where do you see yourself in today’s message?
Point to ponder- Today our challenge goes beyond prayer. The beginning of a solution rests in your decisions-your decision to do something-to take action. Set boundaries, Consult a counselor, Connect with a group for help, and always confront in love.
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