In this passage Paul is baring his very soul which is the very essence of the human condition. He knew what was right, he wanted to do right, and yet, somehow, he could never do it. He knew what was wrong. The last thing he wanted to do was to do it and yet, somehow, he did it. He felt himself to be a split personality. It was as if two men were inside one skin. He felt himself pulled in two directions. He knew himself to be in civil war. Seneca talked of "our helplessness in necessary things." He talked about how people hate their sins and love them at the same time.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.