Paul, An Example Of Contrition: Romans 7:24-25
“24) Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25) Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.” Romans‬ ‭7:24-25‬
This text identifies something that separates the Christian from the average person. Paul had genuine contrition and repentance toward his sin. He did not revel in his sin, he despised it. He wanted victory over his sin.
So what is contrition? Isaiah 66: 2 says; “2) For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” Contrition defines the genuine and humble person who shuns the flesh while seeking Jesus and righteousness. ‭‭ Paul was tired of being a double minded man. He was ashamed of his flesh ruling his life and was ready for the sanctification which comes through Jesus Christ and the inner work on the Holy Spirit. Paul was eager to leave Romans seven behind so he could step into Romans eight. No more excuses, he was ready to walk in the Spirit.
Daily Bible Commentary By: Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoSer Global