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I like the statement halves that are about me and sure, I love the things about God, but the those halves about me are great!  BTW, some of them are good things, like talking with your friends, reading a novel, or enjoying a good movie  Some are against the 10 Commandments, like gossip or sloth in not caring about my eternal welfare, or my neighbors. Yes, I like both the good and the wrong.  This is strange to the Lord, but not to the Old Adam which hangs about our necks!  I agree with the gist behind all these comparisons, but it gets down to again, Romans 7: 

For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

 I can even feel good about feeling bad about what I don’t do as a Christian but especially when I compare myself to others!  Paul tried to will to do the good, as I suppose the quote’s author wants us to do.We can’t but in Christ alone there will be fruit. In Baptism and faith by God’s grace in Christ, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1).   It is not my willing but Christ’s willing (Philippians 2:11-13) because without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) and when we try to really read that chapter of the Bible it will be more like taking nasty tasting medicine, and so my ‘good deed’ is a sin!  If we know we are hungry, His Word is our wholesome and filling food (John 6, Matthew 4:4). 

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