Knowing Your Misery — Romans 7:7-13

A discussion of questions 3 through 5 of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Q. 3: How do you come to know your misery?
A. The law of God tells me.
Q. 4: What does God’s law require of us?
A. Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. “And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Q. 5: Can you live up to all this perfectly?
A. No. I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.

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