There’s an internal battle that rages within the soul of man. Paul referred to it in Romans 7:15 when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Have you ever made God, yourself or others this promise — “As long as I live I will never go down this road again” — only to do whatever it was you promised never to do? Then you’re plagued with guilt and a sense of inward conviction because of your failure.
When this kind of thing happens, you’re tempted to try to cover it up or hide the truth. You don’t want anybody to know. Inwardly your soul is tortured. In 1 Peter 2:11, we can get a clear picture of what is actually taking place: “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
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