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Oops, I Did It Again

Oops, I did it again. This phrase, made famous by pop singer Britney Spears, is a catchy simplification of Romans 7:19, “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.”

Like Paul, we have sins we return to again and again. Think about yours. Maybe you feel squirmy in your stomach. It’s not a great feeling, so instead of facing it you push it down.

The conviction you feel is the Holy Spirit who wants to help you and guide you. When we ignore the Holy Spirit, sin takes over. “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. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me” (Romans 7:20-21).

Without the Holy Spirit, the cycle of sin followed by shame continues. But there is hope. God knows what we’ve done, and He wants to pour His grace on us. We can’t be perfect, but when we are honest about our sin and wholeheartedly seek to change, God frees us from our shame and gives us power over the temptation.

“Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Paul asks in Romans 7:24. In 7:25, he tells us the answer, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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