CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 16, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Pride #3: Taking Joy in Beating Others Down

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LENTEN STUDY: 7 DEADLY SINS

PRIDE #3:

TAKING JOY IN BEATING OTHERS DOWN

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)

PRIDE #3

TAKING JOY IN BEATING OTHERS DOWN

SCRIPTURE:7 For I endure scorn for your sake, and shame covers my face. 8 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons; 9 for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me. 10 When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn; 11 when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me. 12 Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards. (Psalm 69:7-12 (NIV))

Then you shall declare before the LORD your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. 6 But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, putting us to hard labor. 7 Then we cried out to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. 8 So the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders. (Deuteronomy 26:5-8 (NIV))

DEVOTION:  We are a proud people. We love our nation. Often, it seems as though we are prouder of our nation than we are of God. Can that be true? When our pride runs away, such notions and perceptions can run rampant. Wars have become a staple of our time. World leaders seem to need a war to boost “national pride.”

     The psalmist endures scorn for God’s sake. Shame covers his face. We insult persons who are (more…)

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