We try so hard to reconcile sin in our lives, sometimes viewing it as Paul describes it “not I but the sin in me”. So “I” don’t sin? The sin in me sins? That view not only removes personal responsibility, it minimizes the severity of sin. Yes what Paul says is true, it is the flesh that sins but we participate. We ignore the warnings. ex. Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes”. William Newell and AW Tozer identify “fear” as recognizing the absolute goodness of God and how our actions “sin” are an offense to Him. This recognition drives us to Him, lack of fear moves us away. The flesh is and always will be a force in our lives but, the body that the flesh resides in is not ours but His, 1Corinthians 6:19 “ know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit of God, and you are not your own”. I am not my own, not sure how I feel about that.
One thing for sure, my choices now will certainly consider that “I am not my own” and who’s I am.
Just for Thought