Jesus as we, Christians, believe died for the remission of our sin. The bible scripture in John 1:1 stating …. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….. If we were to substitute Jesus for the “Word” it would read like this, ‘In the beginning was Jesus and Jesus was with God and Jesus was God’, which proves that God’s word was design to redeem or save us from sin. God’s word was design to bring mankind closer to God and save us from a sinful world. Why did we need to save at all one might ask? Most people are nice and most people generally do the right thing most of the time. So why do we need to be saved from sin? Sin most believes sin separates us from God grace, love and mercy and from the scripture stated in John 1:1, we can only conclude that God or Jesus is the word of God. But what are the sins God is saving us from?
Most people when they are talking about sins they may be talking about the seven deadly sins. The seven deadly sins are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. However, the bible or the word of God makes little reference to the seven deadly sins. The closest thing to the seven sins is found in Proverbs 6: 16-19 which states….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 desires wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren….. The seven deadly sins were also believed to be unforgivable sins by God, but actually, the only sin God will not forgive is that of continued unbelief. The seven deadly sins were formed by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century to educate and instruct followers concerning fallen man’s tendency to sin. The reason why they call it the 7 deadly sins is because the outcomes could lead us to death whether physical or spiritual. Although these seven deadly has no scriptural basis in the bible, they can function as a good category of the sins that do exist in our world today. So let us explore these seven deadly sins and how God’s word can save us when or if we commit them.
The first deadly sin we will explore is “Lust”, something most people know something about. It is and can be expressed in many ways. Lust meaning an intense emotion or feeling of the desires of the body of a sexual nature. There are several examples in the bible …..Ezekiel 23:5… “Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine; And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring Assyrians,… and in Ezekiel 23: 11….. “Now although her sister Oholibah saw this, she became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister’s harlotry……as well as in Matthew 5:28 when Jesus states….But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart……. The examples made previously are examples of “Lust” in regards to a sexual nature. Committing these sins of the flesh separates us from God’s love, grace, and mercy because we know what we are doing may hurt others in their relationships and marriages.
Can we be forgiven of this sin of “Lust”? The answer is yes because Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins including “Lust”. The word of God’s plays a vital part in seeking guidance against this sin of “Lust”. God’s word simply states that we must repent or turn away from this sin of “Lust”. Jesus calls people to repent in Luke 13: 1-5… There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered such things?3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” Jesus is stating in these passages that it doesn’t matter when you sin or how many times you have sinned the only way to be saved by Jesus is to repent.
The next deadly sin is “Gluttony” or glutton which means the over-consumption of drink and food. Glutton appears several times in the bible such as in Proverbs 23:20-21….Do not mix with winebibbers,Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags…… and in Matthew 11:19…..The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children. We all could be accused of being a little glutton at times in our lives when over-consume food or drink. This is a perfect case of letting a good thing get the better of us. People overeat and think that they are just weak but God knows that our bodies are temples and no one should desiccate God’s temples because when we overeat we are being disobedient to God. God did not create us to be sick from over-consumption of food or drink. Repenting from this sin of “Gluttony” will not only be a healthy choice but also redemption into God’s grace, love, and mercy.
The next deadly sin is “Greed” meaning the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods or objects of abstract value. Greed has been expressed in many different ways through the ages, but most when people think about greed we are taking about as the love of money. It is said in the bible that in 1 Timothy 6:10….. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows…. Paul is advising Timothy here to not be trapped by the world love for money. Money by itself is not evil but when we place money over God’s people as well as God we have committed a sin in which we are worshipping money not God. Greed will often lead us to destruction because we have replaced love which God with money. Repenting from this sin of “Greed” can only lead us back to grace, love, and mercy God has in store for our lives.
The next deadly sin is “Sloth” which means laziness. One might say why is this sin a deadly sin? The answer lies in the bible in Proverbs 13:4….The soul of a lazy man desires and has nothing, But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich…. In Proverbs 15:19….The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway…. In Proverbs 19:24…..A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again…. In Proverbs 20:4…..The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing….. and in Proverbs 21:5…..The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. The bible clearly states that God doesn’t like or want a person to be lazy at heart. What I mean by lazy at heart is when a person very nature is to be lazy. A good example of this is when a person who has the ability but that person refuses to use that ability God gave them. This action of selfishness not only hurts that person but others as well. The cause of their laziness could be for any reason but that matters little when God has prepared you to do something and you refuse God’s command because you just don’t feel like it or you are completely indifferent to the situation. This act is a no win situation because no one benefits you, God or others. To repent of this sin “Sloth” is to fulfill what God intended for all of us to do in God’s kingdom here on earth.
The next deadly sin is “Wrath” which is extreme anger. People associate this sin wrath with God’s wrath. There are many examples of God’s wrath in the bible…in Nahum 1:2…..God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies…. In Romans 1:18 Paul the Apostle states…..For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…and again in Romans 13:4 Paul states…For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. But what about the extreme anger of mankind what does the bible say about this sin? In the bible Psalm 37:4…Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm…and in Proverbs 12:16…A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame…and in Proverbs 12:18…..There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health…in Proverbs 14:17….A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated…in Proverbs 29:11…A fool vents all his feelings,[a] But a wise man holds them back…and in Proverbs 29:22….An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression. God in the previous scriptures is warnings us about our consequences when we engage in extreme anger. The actions of this sin of wrath could lead us to violent acts such as murder, rape or stealing. We all know these actions are wrong but it further separates us from God’s love, grace, and mercy. Repenting wrath will bring us closer to God’s love, grace, and mercy.
The next deadly sin is “Envy” which is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. We are often jealous of others achievements or successes especially when we believe that we should have gotten them. The reason why “Envy” is a deadly sin is because it gives us the righteousness of ourselves we don’t deserve. What does the bible say about “Envy”? In Job 5:2…For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one…in Proverbs 14:30….A sound heart is a life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones…in Proverbs 23:17…Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day…in Acts 13:45…But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul…and in 1 Corinthians 13:4… Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up. This self-righteousness of us can lead to evil thoughts such as sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, slander, arrogance, and folly. Repenting or turning away from this deadly sin of “Envy” will bring us closer to God’s righteousness and not our own.
The last deadly sin is “Pride” which is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority. I believe “Pride” is the most dangerous of all the deadly sins because we began to place ourselves higher than God. I stated before that the sin that God wouldn’t forgive is our ‘continued unbelief’; well pride comes as close to this as you can get. Pride can bring us out of God’s grace, love and mercy because through arrogance in God we fool ourselves that we are responsible for our achievements or successes in our lives. What does the bible say about pride? In Proverbs 8:13…The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate…in Proverbs 11:2…When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom… in Proverbs 13:10…By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom…in Proverbs 14:3…In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them…and in Proverbs 16:18…Pride goes before destruction And a haughty spirit before a fall. God in these scriptures is warning us about the consequences of pride when we engage in such an act. The point of all this is that the wages of sin are death whether it is physical or spiritual. To repent or turn away from “Pride” is to give God the glory and not ourselves. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”.
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Written by Kofi Baruti
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