Seven deadly sins

In many Christian traditions, the Seven Deadly Sins are listed as:

  • Wrath
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Envy
  • Gluttony

The most notable thing is that these are not really actions. They are attitudes.

Every time someone reacts in a way that “just doesn’t make sense”, one of these attitudes is usually at the root. For example, a overreaction to injustice, might actually be deep envy in disguise. Also, Jesus taught that if a man merely looks at a woman with lust, then he has committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:28). So here we encounter something essential: it is a matter of the heart.

A good spiritual practice is to identify which one of these attitudes dominates our overreactions. If we are not sure, we can ask God to reveal it to us. He always responds faithfully.

The next step is to repent and ask for forgiveness, then restoration and healing. Ask God to pull this nastiness out from you at its root.

Many times we try to convince ourselves that it is just part of our personality. We invoke the old “that’s just the way I am” excuse. Are we so afraid of positive change? Here the mother of all sins, pride, blinds us to the truth.

The truth is that you can change.

The truth is that you can become a new person.

Receive Jesus. Believe in his name. Claim your true identity.

You are a child of God.

John 1,12

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3 comments on “Seven deadly sins

  1. Yes, I’ve always thought that the invisible things of the heart are the most deadly…the things inside of us that no one knows about except God.

    Shalom,
    Sister Olive

    • Vince Chough says:

      We can ask our heavenly Father to help us identify these problems in us, and in others. This helps with understanding, reconciliation and healing. God bless you Sister Olive.

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