CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 15, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #2: Live for the “One”

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #2: LIVE FOR THE “ONE”A

The Rev. Robert Cummings*

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)

PRIDE #2:

LIVE FOR THE “ONE”

SCRIPTURE: 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Colossians 3:1 (NIV))

DEVOTION:  The toddler wobbled as he stood holding onto the toy box. A big grin stretched across his face as he urned to offer a plush animal to his nearby parent, legs shaking all the while. I could not help notice the two parents, their faces filled with big smiles as they applauded the effort. I know it was about recognition, and increased manual dexterity that the parents applauded, clapping and cheering Yeah!!

     So begins our life long battle with pride. Pride isn’t about doing something good. It isn’t about achievements or making effort. It’s about (more…)

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