Some years ago, I heard familiar noises coming from my son's room, accompanied by an equally familiar blue glow—he was playing a video game when, in fact, he should have been asleep. He looked up at me with a guilty expression and blurted out, "But Dad, I couldn't resist myself!" I thought, "That is quite sound theology."
After all, that is the problem we all have: we can't resist ourselves. It's in our nature to do the wrong thing. That is the problem with humanity, and that problem is called sin.
What does the Bible say about sin?
As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." (Romans 3:10–12)
You see, we inherited this sinful nature through Adam. My sins don't make me a sinner—they are just the evidence that I already am one. I am not a sinner because I sin. I sin because I am a sinner.
Oswald Chambers said, "Sin is not a weakness. It is not a disease. It is a red-handed rebellion against God. And the magnitude of that rebellion is expressed by Calvary." If you want to see how horrendous and how wicked your sins are, look at what God had to do to Jesus to redeem you. Jesus' suffering on the cross was the punishment for our sin.
Thank God today that because of His great love for us and His great sacrifice, even though we are sinners by nature, we can fulfill His plan for us and bring Him glory.