St. Paul makes the point that we are carnal, sinful people. We say we will do this, but we fail to do it. We say we will not do that, but we end up doing it anyway. We know that God wants us to live a certain way, but we end up going against God because we are selfish, and that selfishness goes to war against our loving side.
This becomes even worse as we grow and learn. In ignorance we blissfully do whatever pleases us. Later, as we begin to see that some things are not good to do, we begin to have this conflict within ourselves between what is right and what feels good. Later still, when we’ve learned even more, the conflict can be even greater.
But God gives grace. He helps us to overcome our selfish nature. He helps us choose the good things and put away the bad.
Take a few moments to pray about this. How does it speak to you? You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord God, you give us life and teach us to put aside our selfish desires to follow you: Grant us grace that we might put aside our own selfishness and choose to follow your will, that we might live holy and righteous lives before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.