Friday, 8 March 2013

Turning Life Inside Out and Upside Down - Part I

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[a] a slave to the law of sin.  Romans 7:21-25

In his co-authored book Relationships – a mess worth making Paul Tripp goes in great detail as he unpacks Romans 7: 21-25.  Paul goes on to say that “Since relationships are about being other-centered, the self-centeredness of sin will inevitably subvert God’s design.”  It is on accepting this principle that the next several blog postings will be built.

It is tempting to blame another person when our relationships get a little messy.  However in this Romans passage Paul is saying the real problem is the war that is going on inside of me.  The problem is not outside of me it is inside of me.  I am a prisoner to sin.  The most prevalent manifestation of sin in me is my self-centeredness.  It is about the kingdom of me wanting to judge and criticize others for not doing life the way I think it should be done.  It is about the little things that go wrong daily that prevent me from getting my needs met, my wants satisfied and my purposes accomplished.  Life is all about me.

Before you are too quick to cast stones my way, remember the Apostle Paul is writing about himself and he is addressing fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  You see the war that is going on in me and most likely in you is the war between the kingdom of me and the kingdom of God, i.e. do I want to pursue my purposes or God’s?  Do I want to clutch on to my self-centeredness in hopes of gaining what the world has to offer or do I want to surrender to God and become other centered.

In case you haven’t connected the dots husbands and wives are prisoners to their own self interests, each with a war going on in the members of their body.  James 4:1-2 says that is why we have conflict, we are each seeking our own agenda, our own way, my will be done.

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