Every Christian struggles against sin. (And in fact, if you do not struggle against sin, you are either not a Christian or very soon you will not be one if you continue!) Every Christian struggles against sin. We each have our own weakness. We fight against it. We do what we don’t want to do, and what we want to do, we don’t do!
In a moment of helpless clarity, you confess your dilemma to a good friend.
And your friend looks at you with concern in his eyes and says, “Have you ever considered just not doing that?”
When a friend gives advice like that, you want to belt them, don’t you? I mean, really? How does that help me?
Except… that’s what I do to myself all the time. I get depressed. What do I say to myself? “Get yourself out of this. Deal with it. You have more important things to do.”
What do I say when I mess up a meeting? “It’s ok. Pick yourself up. You’ll do better next time.”
What do I say when I bury myself in ministry and ignore my family? “Tomorrow. You can do better tomorrow. You won’t ignore them then.”
Notice the theme in all of these? It boils down to “Have you ever considered just not doing that?” It all boils down to… motivating myself with the Law.