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Solution to the problem of a “divided” will, i.e. want to do good but cannot do it.  (comments are mine)

There is no problem.

There is no way out by ourselves, God will work things out for us.

There is no way out by ourselves, things will work out by it self.

There is no way out by ourselves, things will work out through prayer

(In essence all the above statement are “escape” clauses. With no active actions how may we distinguish our wanting to do something against completely ignoring the problem or pure wishful thinking.)

We need to exercise continence and abstinence on a daily basis

(This is good but may not be positive enough because we are focusing on the “not’ doing rather then the doing. Also, are we then relying on our merit instead of relying on God’s mercy?)

We need to start from a little prayer daily for the control of our self.

We need to allow ourselves to be taken over by the desire for God

(This can be the best procrastination ploy ever. We pump ourselves up and we go, but before we left the door we already left the passion behind.)

We need to allow ourselves to be taken over by the desire for God, NOW.

If we get married, have children and a good paying job we’ll be fine.(Something we actual believe in this, think about it, that is why we think other problems are more important than holy living.)

There are other problems like world poverty and the AIDS epidemic that is more important, we are wasting our time here.

(Are these not the result of uncontrolled lives? We need to server the suffering but we also need to prevent future suffering. We also need to remind ourselves while others may stress the spiritual side of thing too much; it is just as easy to stress it too little.)

Struggle is good, much better than no struggle at all, struggle means there is tension, and if there were none then we are on the dark side already.

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