WHEN I WOULD DO GOOD
By Mark Anthony Hall
This is not a movie, this is real life. Like a plane without a pilot, so is the flesh of humankind, guiding and flying until the fuel runs out. There are great crashes everyday and we sorrow and mourn, wondering what could’ve gone wrong.
When you would do good, why don’t you? When you knew to land your plane, why did you keep flying high and proud on the wings of your own wisdom?
Sometimes we see the way, but our feet won’t move. Sometimes our stubborn hearts freeze and just hold us still. When we would do good, we run to the wrong things, sit in the wrong seats and hang with the wrong crowds. When we would do good, our minds are controlled by our bodies. We don’t have a cause or a clue and we won’t live or die for anyone, including ourselves.
How pitiful and how weak we know we can be! When we would do good, we find ourselves void of the words of life, thus condemning our souls!
John 6:63, my favorite scripture.
“It is the spirit that will make you come alive; the flesh will profit you nothing. The words that I speak are spirit, they are life!”
The passage below is the passage in which this book and EBook are based upon:
New Living Translation (NLT)
15 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. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.
21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power[b] within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.