You may think I am getting too cocky now, too proud and "high and mighty" comparing myself to Paul. But where I really see our similarities is in Romans 7:21-25: "It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God's law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin."
So, I identify with Paul in my love of God's law and willingness to obey but not doing it. I am mad and ashamed. But, this makes the gospel all that better, it is my saving grace... literally.