For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
Paul described the struggle that goes on in a believer who does not know the truth of their identification with Christ in death and resurrection. He was describing someone who was trying to achieve holiness by personal effort, struggling with all their might to fulfill God’s holy, righteous, and good commandments, only to discover that the more he struggled, the worse his condition became. He realized it was a losing battle, and no wonder, for it is not in the power of the fallen nature to conquer sin and live in holiness. The result – indulging in things that he did not want to do, and practicing things that he hated.