We have been going through the “Deadly Sins” at NFC.  They are deadly…not because they are the worst sins that could be committed.  They most certainly aren’t…although murder and adultery would be hard to commit without first committing anger and lust.  But they are deadly because they are rooted to some of our most basic and legitimate needs.  

  • Envy:  Feeling bitter when others have it better

  • Vainglory:  Image is everything

  • Sloth:  Resistance to the demands of love

  • Greed:  I want it all

  • Anger:  Holy emotion or hellish passion?

  • Gluttony:  Feeding your face and starving your heart

  • Lust:  Smoke, Fire, and Ashes

 

It would be hard not to find two or three of those in ourselves…and if we are more honest and understood ourselves better and these sins better…I would hazard a hunch that we all would find traces of each of these in us.  Not that we are necessarily defined by them…but that we commit them from time to time.

Not that it is fun, but there is value in holding up a mirror to your soul and asking yourself just how much are you defined by one of these.  For instance:

  • Envy

    • Do you feel offended at the talents, successes or good fortune of others.

    • Do you engage in backbiting or slander?

  • Vainglory:  Image is everything

    • Are you seeking to be admired for the wrong things?

    • Are you seeking to be admired in the wrong way or excessively?

  • Sloth:  Resistance to the demands of love

    • Do you resist the effort of doing day after day whatever it takes to keep the bonds of love strong?  Whether or not you feel like it?

  • Greed:  I want it all

    • Are you tempted to think that more of something will give you the satisfaction you crave?

    • Do you constantly upgrade?

  • Anger:  Holy emotion or hellish passion?

    • How often do you get angry?

    • Are you angry about the right things in the right way?

    • Do you deal with your anger before the day ends or do you let it smolder?

  • Gluttony:  Feeding your face and starving your heart

    • How dominated are you by the desire for the pleasure that food or drink brings you?

    • Are you the master or slave to a particular food or drink?

    • Are you trying to feed a spiritual, social, or emotional hunger with physical food?

  • Lust:  Smoke, Fire, and Ashes
    • Are you looking with the purpose of lusting?

 

And in all of these…the deeper question always concerns who you are, not what you did do or can do.  But, what would you do if you could?

For a great resource on this topic check out:  http://www.amazon.com/Glittering-Vices-Seven-Deadly-Remedies/dp/1587432323