Devotion for Thursday in the Second Week in Lent

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

~ Romans 7:22-25

I would love to be righteous on my own, but like Paul and the rest of the descendants of Adam and Eve, the law of sin rules my flesh. Thanks be to God that Jesus saves us! We are all justifiably under the sentence of death, but that sentence has been carried out by Jesus Christ. He died to pay for our sins, to deliver us from this body of death. Praise God!

Father God, You are a just God and must punish sin. Yet You are a merciful God, full of grace and love, not wanting any of us to die. So You sent Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, to take my punishment for me and demolish death. I know that every decision from the Trinity is a consensus from all three Persons—You, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost—because You are one God in complete union and harmony. I thank and praise You for my salvation. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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