For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice.
Paul describes the ultimate battle that takes place within each of us – the battle of doing good or not doing good.
There was a young man that often got in trouble with his parents for doing “bad” things. You know how mischievous boys are.
I told him one day, “Before you do something ask yourself ‘can I get in trouble for this?’ And if the answer is yes – don’t do it!”
Perhaps we should go back to the basics of asking ourselves a question or two.
Is this pleasing to God?
If this sinful behavior?
What would Jesus do?
Paul lived two millennia ago and struggle with it. Two thousand years later the struggle is still real.
To do good takes a conscientious effort. You have to want to do it. Then you have to ask God to help you do it.
It’s never easy because the flesh is a strong adversary against the your spirit.
As Jesus said, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
However, God helped Jesus accomplish what was needed and He will do the same for you!