As a child I enjoyed reading Shakespeare and imagining the theatrics and drama of each scene. Today’s passage seems to be one of Shakespeare’s writings, but in reality it was the Apostle Paul, who eloquently described the battle we have within ourselves. Much like Shakespearean plays, our minds are the stage that sin tries to use to make us act out the desires of the flesh. The internal war is real, and for those of us who aren’t afraid to admit it, it’s something we must deal with on a daily basis. It’s difficult to give in, because we love the Lord and want to do what is right, and at the same time it’s difficult to fight because of our sinful nature. I’ve learned that I cannot fight this battle alone, for a long time I’ve tried and failed. Paul asks “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” The answer is simple: Jesus.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? (Romans 7:21-24 NLT)