If your walk of faith is similar to mine, you more than likely find yourself frustrated by how easily you fail to do the good things you desire to do. Inwardly, in your heart and mind, you desire to please God; but, you often end up choosing to do the things that please yourself instead. It is a very frustrating and vicious cycle, to say the least; one that tends to cause doubt and leads us to question whether or not our faith in God is genuine. After all, if our faith is genuine then we would not struggle the way we struggle; right?
The apostle Paul understood our frustrations all too well; and, he even referred to himself as a wretched man because he had the desire to do what was good, but he was often unable to carry through. Yet, none of us would question the genuineness of Paul’s faith.
Chapter eight was written for those of us who struggle to do what is right; for those of us whose desire is to please God but whose actions often betray that desire.
Listen closely to the message:
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus … For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God … The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children … the Spirit helps us in our weakness … Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble, or hardship, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us…
No wonder Paul concluded chapter seven by saying, Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Chapter eight provides some much needed comfort to us imperfect people, those of us who desire to please God but often fall short; for it reveals that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Abraham, whose faith did not waver through unbelief, was not perfect. David, who was a man after God’s own heart, stumbled and fell. Peter, who walked on water and promised not to deny Christ, began to sink and denied his Lord three times. And, Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, struggled to do the good he desired to do. Yet, all of them are loved by God. So are you; so am I.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God!
Don’t forget it.