13Did what is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, working death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure. 14For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold into slavery under sin. 15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it.19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. (Romans 7:13-20, NRSV)
I do not understand my own actions, I do the things I don’t want to do and I don’t do the things I know I should do.
I don’t do the wrong I do, but it is the sin that dwells in me. My flesh is weak and though I have been washed by the waters of baptism and the Holy Spirit dwells in me sin still is in me. It dwells in my body until the day of physical death.
I fight to do what is right but my flesh has the way of sin.
We must cling to Christ and follow after what is right.