Galatians 5:16-25 & I Do but I Don’t

Things you want to do, but don’t want to do:

  1. Eat a donut or five
  2. Go to the dentist when you have a toothache
  3. Restroom stop when driving the church van to camp
  4. Read your Bible
  5. Homework
  6. Apologize
  7. Do laundry
  8. You add to the list…

All Homo sapiens have conflicting desires at times. We battle with what will make us happier at times; to finish the homework, or put it off? Often in seeking happiness we only prolong our misery. We are foolish creatures. For Christians this does not cease, rather it intensifies. We do not simply deal with a moral conscience, but we have two natures. One wars against the other. Both are promising happiness.

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. – Blaise Pascal

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. – John Piper

One thought on “Galatians 5:16-25 & I Do but I Don’t”

  1. The Pascal quote reminds me of this:”Now such a thing happiness, above all else, is held to be; for this we choose always for self and never for the sake of something else, but honour, pleasure, reason, and every virtue we choose indeed for themselves (for if nothing resulted from them we should still choose each of them), but we choose them also for the sake of happiness, judging that by means of them we shall be happy. Happiness, on the other hand, no one chooses for the sake of these, nor, in general, for anything other than itself. (…) Happiness, then, is something final and self-sufficient, and is the end of action.” – from Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics”


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