The power of sin in our lives
14 We understand that the Laws which God gave to Moses are spiritual. But I am weak and human. I am like a slave that has sin as my master. 15 I do not understand the things that I do. I do not do the good things that I want to do. Instead, I do the things that I hate. 16 But I do not want to do those wrong things. So then I am agreeing that God's Laws are good. 17 So, it is not really I myself who am doing those wrong things. Instead, sin has power in my life. It is sin that causes me to do wrong things.
18 I know that there is nothing good in me. I am weak and human. I want to do what is good. But I am unable to do it. 19 I do not do the good things that I want to do. Instead, I continue to do the bad things that I do not want to do. 20 So, when I do bad things that I do not want to do, what does that show? It shows that it is not really I myself who am doing those wrong things. It is sin that causes me to do wrong things because it has power in my life.
21 So I understand what is happening in me. Whenever I want to do something good, I can only choose something bad. 22 Deep inside myself, I really love God's Law and I want to obey his rules. 23 So, my mind tells me to obey God's rules. But my body wants to make me do something else. Every part of me fights against what my mind tells me to do. Sin has power over my body so that I am like a prisoner. 24 This makes me very sad! My body is leading me to death. I need someone to make me free from the power of sin over my body. 25 I thank God! He has made me free, because of what Jesus Christ has done.
So then, with my mind I want to obey God's Law. But, at the same time, I serve sin as my master, because I am weak and human.