“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” – Romans 7:15-24, ESV
Killing sin is a life-long calling, an intense battle that never ends in this life. As we fight, sometimes we need reminders and motivations to keep fighting and at other times we need comfort and assurance that the fight will be over and we will be victorious. The motivation and the assurance both keep us encouraged and striving, knowing that we are not fighting in order to earn God’s love and salvation, but rather we are able to fight because of the great love the Father has given to us in His Son, Jesus Christ.