Romans 7:12-13

At one of the jobs I had in college an efficiency firm was hired to evaluate each worker’s role and analyze how our actions could be streamlined for peak efficiency. This process lasted two weeks or so, and attitudes/morale were terrible. Most workers felt picked on and became resentful. Everyone felt like the “watchers” (with their judgmental clipboards) slowed them down and made them inefficient, but that was ridiculous. Most workers were kind of inefficient and lazy. Having someone watch them and chronicle their actions only exacerbated and brought to light what had been there all along. The efficiency firm was not a hindrance; the firm did not slow us down and make us waste time. We were already wasteful—the “watchers” simply made plain what was already there.
God’s Law and commandments do not make us sinful. We need to own our unrighteousness and admit we have always been sinful. When we study our choices and actions in comparison to God’s Law it simply throws into sharp relief what has been there all along. The Law is intended to show that we are not barely missing the mark—no, we are utterly hopeless. The Law of God is a mercy He gives us to turn us to Him. 
Romans 7:12-13  So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.  Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.

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