CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 20, 2011

Lenten Study: Seven Deadly Sins—Deadly Sin Recap


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

DEADLY SIN RECAP

MONTE W. HOLLAND

INTRODUCTION

     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS:

GREED, ENVY, ANGER, LUST, GLUTTONY, SLOTH and PRIDE.

 THE ASPECTS OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS ARE:

#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)

DEADLY SIN RECAP

SCRIPTURE:  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8 -9 (KJV))

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 (NIV))

So  then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:25-32 (NRSV)) [God] chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. (Ephesians 1:4 (NRSV))

DEVOTION:  I heard from a friend of mine that John Wesley (a principal person of the Methodist movement in England) didn’t refer to the seven deadly sins in his writing. Be that as it may, these sins remain a constant challenge in our lives and well-written about in the scriptures. I hope that by now you can name these seven sins and are more sensitive to how they creep into your daily living.

     Certainly the sins overlap each other in many situations. Pride seems to be in almost all matters in living. Greed seems to be a driving force in most decision-making. We are titillated from all directions by advertisements because sex (lust) sells. We work hard physically and yet we fail to be diligent (sloth) in other avenues of our living. We compare ourselves to others and are envious. When things don’t unfold our way, we get angry. And let us not forget the desires of our bellies and poor stewardship of things in general (gluttony).

     Probably the best way to close the study is in a positive way—focusing on God’s purpose for our lives. We are reminded that God chose us to be holy and blameless in love. Love is the ultimate counterweight to our obsession with sin. Draw close to Jesus and his pure love and we, even though never perfected, will come to be known for our love of God, neighbor, and self. The seven deadly sins will still camp on our doorsteps, and will keep sneaking in, but the love of Christ will be there to help us cast them out.

 “ 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 KJV)

PRAYER:  Forgiving God, you are ever near us and ready to hear our pleas for forgiveness. As we come to the close of the Lenten season and enter these few days of intense experience of the passion of Jesus and the joy of Easter, give us new hearts for the life of Christian love. Amen.

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To start at the beginning of this Lenten study on the Seven Deadly Sins, click on: Ash Wednesday: Intro to Lenten Study on the Seven Deadly Sins

To read the previous devotion, Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #5: Friend of the World or Friend of God? click on: https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/lenten-study-7-deadly-sins-pride-5-friend-of-the-world-or-friend-of-god/

To read the following devotion, click on: Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Maundy Thursday

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ADDITIONAL READING:

NEWSFLASH: MEN ARE WAITING FOR SOME SPECIAL POWER FROM JESUS

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

Spring…the joy and pathos of the…DANDELION

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath

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