Why do we keep doing what’s harmful to ourselves and others when we are warned of the dangers? We kill ourselves with bad habits, drugs, cigarettes, stimulants, a poor diet, and addictions.
“For the good that I would I do not, but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is not I that do it, but sin that dwells in me.” Romans 7:19-20
What if we’ve repented of our sins and invited Him into our heart and asked forgiveness? Well even born-again Christians struggle with temptations and unhealthy habits. We wrestle with gossiping, laziness, anger, overeating, judging, alcohol, and the list goes on and on.
Sometimes we can’t stop. We say something horrible, act unChristlike, or eat what wasn’t good for us. It’s hard to change and do what’s right. It is much easier to sin and ask forgiveness afterwards.
We may enjoy the wrong, and when we don’t get caught in our sins, we keep on doing them. How can we escape this hold on us?
Ask God to help us hate the evil we want to do. Pray for strength and courage to overcome temptation and resist sin.
It’s hard to abandon certain lifelong practices, which might be unhealthy for us. It’s a challenge to do what’s right and good for us and others.
If we want to get rid of what’s killing us and hurting others around us, ask God to take away the desires and seek strength from Him to overcome them.