The beard!

(Martin Luther)

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out!" Romans 7:18

Sin in us, is like the beard. We are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin. Tomorrow our beard has grown again — nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth. In like manner sin cannot be extirpated from us; it springs up in us as long as we live!

"Oh what a wretched man I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death!" Romans 7:24 The beard!