A Clear View From Rome

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:14, “For we know that the law is spiritual:  but I am carnal, sold under sin.”  He went on to share his daily struggles in the flesh with his fellow Christians in Rome.   If you’re like me, it is very easy to identify with Paul’s daily battle.  Frankly, I’m guessing that you are like me but find it hard to identify with his transparency.  Why do we often feel as though we’re the only one that deals with the flesh? Paul most certainly knew that his fellow believers in Rome probably could just use a dose of transparency on his part.

We all appreciate transparency from others.  We all need to be a little more transparent with others.  Think about it.  When your pastor shares a personal story about his family’s follies in the kitchen or the time he lost his cool with the tow-truck driver on vacation from the pulpit, doesn’t it put you at ease slightly about your own “dysfunctional” household?  Sitting down to read a well written human-interest piece in a monthly magazine dials us in to the personal struggles of ordinary “Joe’s” and gives us hope for the coming days.  When you put yourself out there in front of people where they can have a good look, it causes us to take a better look also.  In the battle between the new man (spirit )and the old man (flesh) (see: John 3:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17).  If we are going to have victory over our flesh, we’re going to need help in the form of an accountability partner.  Someone that we have full confidence in – a trusted individual that can speak truth into our lives (Ephesians 4:15).  The Apostle Paul’s relationship with the church at Rome is clearly not the same as having an, “A.B.F.F” (Accountability Best Friend Forever).  What is clear in Romans chapter 7 is Paul’s transparency.  And that is where we will begin – becoming transparent about our struggles.  I plan to write a multi-part article on accountability relationships.  In the meantime however, who do you have in your life that you could bare your soul too?

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