Wretched to Lovely (Romans 7-8)

I always return to Paul’s description of fighting with the fleshly desires in chapter 7. Even though it’s super wordy and confusing, I think that makes it even more appropriate for describing the confusion and frustration at trying to live contrary to what our sinful nature desires. I have to side with Paul when he ends his dilemma with “What a wretched man I am” (7:24).

Then chapter 8 starts being more positive with our life in the Spirit and the wonderful future we have as heirs of Christ once the present sufferings are done. It is a beautiful aspect of what we get when we “trade in” our current lives for the new ones found in Christ. And, who can separate us from the love of God now? Absolutely nothing.


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