Should Christians Still Feel Sin?

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Romans 7:19, "For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do."

Here the Apostle Paul repeats what he has stated in verse 15.  This makes it plain that he did not make a hasty statement in the first instance, but in deep seriousness confesses his weakness.   It is important that God's children know this, that they will not be able to do the good they desire to do.  If we were not given such examples and confessions in the Scriptures of true saints of God who have experienced overpowering sin in their lives, then many awakened souls would be driven to despair, or to seek false comfort in misguided teaching.

Luther gives his comment in these words: "He is a Christian who is a sinner and admits and confesses his sins, and experiences in his heart displeasure and sorrow because of it.  But he is not a Christian who feels no sin."

Source:  C.O. Rosenius (Commentary on Romans)