Doing What We Hate

“We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our own intentions.”

This is one of my favorite quotes, and isn’t this so true?  I find that I see how God calls me to live, and yet I am just unable to do it.  Sometimes I feel too tired or something, so I choose to do what I want rather than what God wants.  When it comes time to judge my own self though, I see that I meant well–judging myself by my own intentions.

Paul recognized this even about himself.  In Romans 7, he writes,

“I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate…For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, 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 what is what I keep on doing.

It is such a comfort to see that even Paul struggled with this is his life.  He was the greatest teacher of the Gospel (after Jesus, of course) and yet that did not exempt him from being weighted down and filled up with sin.

Whenever you find yourself doing something that you hate rather than doing the thing that you want, pray about it.  Remember though, that Jesus came to this earth and lived the perfect life that you and I can’t live.  He lived it, but He also gave himself up as the perfect sacrifice, so that we can now receive God’s grace that covers all that we do.

We cannot do what we want or even what we should do, but God’s grace is sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Go out and have a grace-filled day 🙂

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