In Romans 7:7-25, we are introduced to a person who wanted to please God by how he lived, by what he thought, and by what he desired, yet he was frustrated because of his continued failure to live a life pleasing toGod no matter how hard he tried (Romans 7:14-20).
The standard for this person’s behavior was the Ten Commandments, the law (Romans 7:7).
This man delighted in the Ten Commandments (Romans 7:22).
He knew the law was holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12).
He understood from Psalm 1 and Psalm 119 that to live according to the Ten Commandments would bring, life, freedom, and peace.
Romans 7:7-25 provides insight into a person who sought to become righteous before God through obedience to a law, adhering to a religious system, and fulfilling a moral standard.
However, the more he attempted to adhere to a religious system and fulfill a moral standard, the more aware of his sin he became.
This person’s religious system and moral standard was the Ten Commandments.
He described himself as living as a slave to the commandments.
Every day he chained himself to the commandments, seeking to obey them, hoping to gain God’s acceptance through his obedience.
Preoccupation with ourselves makes us miserable!I first read this statement from Bob George in his book Classic Christianity. This is such a true statement. For many years, as a believer in Jesus, I was preoccupied with myself, my failures, my sins, my weaknesses, my shortcomings, my imperfections, my faults, etc...this list goes on and on and on... As a result, I felt guilt, shame, inadequate, unhappy, depressed, inferior, etc...and this list goes on and on and on, too! As you can imagine, I was one miserable person.