"For what I am doing, I do not understand."
Text: Romans 7:15
THE USE OF THE PRESENT TENSE
Some are uncomfortable with Paul’s use of the present tense to describe his struggle with sin. These try and explain away Paul’s use of the present tense by saying that he was merely using “a dramatic present” to describe the past! How should we interpret the following text, for example?
“For what I am doing, I do not understand.
For what I will to do, that I do not practise;
but what I hate, that I do.”
A HUMBLING REALITY
It is wiser to interpret Paul’s use of the present tense as his attempt to describe his own personal struggle with sin! Paul would be the first to admit that he is not perfect in any sense of the word. It is heartening to know that even the mighty apostle Paul struggled with the same problems that all of us struggle with daily.