In the Confessions, Saint Augustine describes a depraved soul as “falling away from security in you to destruction in itself.”
I like the way that Augustine puts this. When I make moral choices, I am choosing between God or self, light or darkness, building or destruction. There is no middle ground.
Yet there is hope. The first source of hope is found in Romans 8:1 – there is no condemnation for me if I am in Christ.
The second source of hope is that God can take my half-hearted attempts at obedience and use them for His purpose and His glory. Later on in Romans 8, Paul says, “all things work together for good.” In this context, I take the word good to mean good from God’s perspective, which too often is different than mine.