Wretched men in bodies of death

"O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" - Romans 7:24

You know when your sin is right there in front of you? You look back on a lie and realize the ramifications it will have, or you realize how your own vanity has kept you from walking with the Lord... and you think, "Wow, thats a bummer, I wish I'd handled that better."

I wish my sin hurt me in the same way Paul looked on his and called out for rescue from his "body of death." I am unwilling to dwell on the depths of my sin and be horrified at who I am, who I can be. I get by with a "I'm a pretty good guy," so often that I begin to believe I don't need the saving power of grace every day.

God forbid we should believe ourselves to be sinless and make him out to be a liar. I take comfort in the next verse and the answer of who will deliver us. I repent, I am a wretched, wretched man.

"Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!" - verse 25