Have you ever felt like no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t do the right thing–you keep messing up? Guess what? You’re not alone! Even the apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament felt that way!
Romans 7:15 says, “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.”
On our own, it’s impossible to be good enough to please our perfect God. We make mistakes; we sin sometimes. But, Paul gives us the answer to this problem, too!
“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 7:24-25a).
You see, God sent Jesus to live a perfect life and to give His life in your place, so that you no longer have to pay for your own sin. Even though you mess up over and over, God forgives you through Jesus.
This doesn’t mean that we don’t want to obey God and be good, but it does mean that when we fail, we know that God has already forgiven us through Jesus.
How do you feel knowing that you can never do something so bad, or sin so many times that God gives up on you?