Thursday Thought - Is this the best Bible reference for the human condition?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31
In the Bible book called Romans, the author (Paul) spends most of chapter 5 talking about how we gain peace with God (through faith). He transitions in the middle of chapter 5 to give an example of Sin vs. Righteousness (Adam vs. Jesus).
Then chapter 6 starts off talking about Death and Life (Sin vs. God) and goes on to give examples of how we are not to just sin because we have a Savior in Christ, but instead we are to "slaves to righteousness".
Chapter 7 starts off reminding believers that they are "released from the Law (death without proper sacrifice) because of our faith in the perfect sacrifice (Jesus)" and how that relationship is supposed to look when healthy and proper. All of this feels like this back and forth of what to do and not do, what is right and wrong, and how hard it is to complete. Several times Paul asks "Is this what should be done or is this what is true? NO!!!!!!" So it is almost like an argument with his own self. Have any of you had those inner conflicts and frustrations about right and wrong, good or bad, to do or not do???
It all leads to the conclusion that Paul seems exhausted by the reality of what he just wrote. He says "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? THANKS BE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!"