"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 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? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin."
This passage from the book of Romans, written by the apostle Paul, speaks about the internal struggle between doing what is right according to God’s law and being influenced by sin. Paul expresses his frustration with his own human nature, acknowledging that he sometimes acts in ways that go against what he knows is good and right. He recognizes the presence of sin dwelling within him and acknowledges the he is unable to consistently do good on his own.
However, Paul also finds hope and deliverance in Jesus Christ. He recognizes that it is through Jesus that he can find freedom from the power of sin and the internal struggle. Paul acknowledges that, although he may still wrestle with sin, he is grateful to God for the salvation and victory over sin that comes through faith in Jesus Christ.