“The beauty is in the struggle.”
Whenever I face challenges of any sort, I always tell myself that the beauty is in the struggle. It’s not just that “there” is beauty in the struggle but “the” beauty is really in “the struggle”. I hope I’m making sense here. In connection with that is the Bible verse Romans 7:15-25 (which you may refer to the full text below).
I don’t know what your personal beliefs are. If you are a Christian or not. But in my case, and I hope this helps you too, whenever I feel a struggle within myself about decisions I need to take, I take delight that I am having a struggle within because I believe that Jesus lives within me, and He is fighting the sin that lives in me also. I believe that having that struggle is a proof that I am still with Christ, that I am still thinking about His will. Make no mistake that “the struggle” is based on Morality. It’s not. It’s based on what I know about God, Jesus, and the Gospel. I may not know and understand a lot. But this I know, that Jesus died for the death I deserve, and all that I am experiencing in this life is a privilege. I live because of his grace.
Yes, I still doubt. I have questions that I believe won’t be answered in this lifetime. Every now and then, I ask and doubt if what I believe is real. I get easily strayed sometimes. I don’t deny that there are times that I feel down and wonder if there is meaning to life and all. Yes, I do struggle to believe in my faith.
But whenever I get reminded that Jesus died for me so that I may live, I get overwhelmed and encouraged. I don’t know of anything more encouraging than that. I can’t express it enough in words. I hope you understand what I am saying here, but if you don’t, I pray that you will, eventually. Because there’s no greater joy than to experience God’s love.
New International Version (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!