Forget “I will”

Reading: Romans 7

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.[c] 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.

The desire for one’s own honour hinders faith. One who seeks his own honour is no longer seeking God and his neighbour. What does it matter if I suffer injustice?

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Thought

First, we must completely forget how to say, "I will," until God, through the Holy Spirit, teaches us to say it in a new and right way. It is precisely in matters of piety that "I will" can wreak the greatest havoc: "I will be godly, I will be holy, I will keep the commandments." We must first have a basic understanding that in these things, it is not our will but God’s will alone that matters. We must also forgo our pious self, so that God can do his work in us. Otherwise our "I will" will almost certainly be followed by bankruptcy. But when through God’s grace we have stopped saying, "I will," when through God’s new beginning with us in Jesus Christ we have been brought onto his path — in spite of our "I will" and "I won’t" —then the Holy Spirit begins to speak in us, and we say something quite new and different from our previous "I will."