When we accept Jesus as Savior, we are new creations in Christ. But why can't we just get rid of the sins that plague us?
In Romans 7, the Apostle Paul discusses the Law and tells us we are not under the Law because of the work of Jesus. However, he says the Law is not sinful (Verse 7) and it serves as a guide for us to identify sin.
Then, in Chapter 14 and on, Paul does a wonderful job explaining his constant battle with sin.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
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 slave to the law of sin. (NIV)
I don't want to call it "good" company or make an excuse for sin, but we can at least take consolation in the fact sin has always been in the hearts of man and even a man like Paul struggled with it.
Knowing sin is a problem and will be a problem until we meet Jesus, what do we do about it?
- We need to read the Scriptures and understand God's Word so we recognize our sins. I am suggesting this because I want you to feel guilty. It is important for us to be able to identify our sins and deal with them.
- Once we recognize our sins, we need to pray that God will help deliver us from our them.
- We also need human accountability. Find someone you can confide in and ask him or her to help you deal with your sin. Have that person call you daily to ask how you are dealing with your sin.
- Confess your sin to your pastor and church. It is never easy to admit a struggle, but tell your pastor your struggles will give you a higher level of accountability. If you can go before your church, then you should be able to find support andy prayer for your sin.
But, remember, we are all in the same situation and there are fellow believers - and of course, God - there to help you.