While some may know this list of seven deadly sins, many don’t. The seven deadly sins were considered as categories of sin and were identified by Pope Gregory I clear back in the late sixth century. The seven deadly sins are; Pride – Envy – Wrath(anger)- Gluttony – Lust – Sloth – and Greed. This list is not recorded in scripture but is used to identify that all sin falls within these seven categories.
While there are several definitions of sin, the broad definition can be found in 1 John 5:17 “All unrighteousness is sin.” Anything that disobeys the perfect moral laws and commandments of God in actions, thoughts and attitudes is a sin. Anything that does not please God or place Him as the absolute authority in truth, goodness, righteousness and Justice. In simple terms here are the definitions of each of the seven deadly sins.
- Pride is an excessive belief in one's own abilities.
- Envy is wanting what others have, be it status, abilities, or possessions.
- Gluttony is the desire to eat or consume more than you require.
- Lust is a powerful craving for such as sex, power and money.
- Anger is the loss of rational self-control and the desire to harm others.
- Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain.
- Sloth is laziness and the avoidance of work.
All throughout scripture we come to understand what God expects from us, beginning with the ten commandments found in Deuteronomy 5: 7-21 and the greatest commandment as found in Deuteronomy 6:5,6; 24,25; Deut. 10:12; and then of course as Jesus Christ Himself said in Matthew 22:37-40. Anything against these commandments is sin.
Scripture also clearly reveals what God hates as found in Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things the Lord hates, Yes seven are an abomination to Him; A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Then in Galatians the Apostle Paul lists many more sins as found in Galations 5:19-21 “ Now the works of the flesh(sin) are evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath(anger), selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you in times past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
As true followers of Christ we know that Christ came into the world to save us from sin, destruction and death. He died a death that we(you, I) deserve to have. For we know the wages of sin is death and we all fall short of God’s glory living in the flesh.
Let us be reminded that God sacrificed His only Son, so that You and I could be forgiven of our many transgressions but that we must receive and embrace this gracious gift into our hearts with love and obedience to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Himself is very clear when He said in John 14:15 “ If you love Me, keep My commandments.” And again Jesus clarifies that in v 17 “ The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be with you.
Have you truly received this great gift of salvation and are you spending time getting to know God through prayer and reading His words of truth ? Are you living your life through Christ, with Christ and for Christ? Or are you living your life however you see fit and whatever you seem to think is right ?
Start today – Don’t delay and change your life - Let the words of God speak to you and be filled with a peace and joy beyond measure.
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