When we blame others, we give up the hope of real transformation.
READ: Romans 7:15-25
Addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, or gambling has plagued the life of many sports people. Sometimes we wonder why talented footballers could so easily get snared, jeopardizing their career and family. Experts believe their stronger compulsive and obsessive personality traits, which they need to help them succeed, make footballers more inclined to addiction than most other people. The glamour and attention their star status attracts, as well as their youthfulness, contribute to the problem. Add in lots of money and free time, and you have a situation ripe for the picking.
Are you caught in a crippling addiction? If you are, then you are not alone. Everyone struggles with temptations, including the apostle Paul whose writings form part of the New Testament of the Bible. He wrote, “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate” (Romans 7:15). The real problem according to him is internal, not external: “It is sin living in me” (v.17). We need to stop blaming external factors and deal with our sinful nature that exposes us to temptations. But “who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?” (v.24). The solution is “in Jesus Christ our Lord”! (v.25). Jesus came to give us victory over sin. Have you experienced it?
Why is the Netherlands’ jersey orange but the country’s flag is red, blue, and white?