Romans 7:15I 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.
Oh, how I wish repentance was like a toggle switch. I would learn a lesson once, like turning on a light that would never burn out nor grow dim, and never again turn away from God’s guiding light.
But I lament with Paul that sin dwells within me. Instead of repentance being a like toggle switch, it is like a dimmer switch. Worse, some dials are difficult for me to turn, as if a zealous workman had over tightened the knob lest a passing vibration cause it to drift from where it had been set. Worst of all, an unseen hand constantly turns these dials the wrong way whenever my attention is drawn aside, or if I relax to bask in my accomplishments.
None-the-less the Good News is that in Christ there is no condemnation. Furthermore, a community of believers nurtures one another, helping to turn dials that are difficult to turn and to alert one another when inattention might cause one to drift from the light of Christ.