Sins and Virtues

Why don’t we talk about the seven deadly sins nor the seven virtues ?
Well, I am going to.
I will open up a bit of myself and share some experiences as well as discuss the 7 deadly sins and the seven virtues and their meanings.
I will have external resources which the links will be provided throughout this document.
So what are the 7 deadly sins and what do they mean?
7 Deadly Sins List & Meanings
Envy = the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses
Gluttony = excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink
Greed or Avarice = an excessive pursuit of material possessions
Lust = an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires
Pride = excessive view of one’s self without regard to others.
Sloth = excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents
Wrath = uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person
from the link above i will quote the article and also give my own stories and input. “Each one of these deadly sins listed above has its root in the desire for more and the human need for excess. Each sin goes against the root of Christianity which is: love for God, love for our fellow man, and love for our bodies (keeping them as clean temples for God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, ‘I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.’ This strikes at the root of each of these deadly sins. Paul in effect is saying that God can take care of our needs and there is no need to lust or desire after excessive things.”
We are selfish creatures, we are sinful beings, we like to fill the ‘voids’ we have in our lives with anything other than Christ.
Many of us when in the flesh have experienced moments of Envy., Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, wrath. I know I have at one point or another, I will admit it.
Envy, I experienced Envy as a child when I saw other kids get materialistic things that I couldn’t (because my folks couldn’t afford them). I also experienced envy when I wanted to conceived and couldn’t, yet the whole world was having children.
Gluttony, I have overly consumed alcoholic beverages in my day to fill a void I thought needed to get filled with alcohol when I tried to drown my worries away.
Greed, I have experienced greed during times of selfishness, where I thought of my self, my possession and nothing else mattered.
Lust, I have had lust for individuals whom were not my spouse.
Pride, I have had plenty of prideful moments in my life.
Sloth, there have been times I have been pure lazy, where i would veg out and not want to associate myself with anyone and just be.
Wrath, I have had feelings of angered and hatred at one point or another to individuals.
Basically without going into full details, yes I too have had moments where I have experienced these moments, regrettably so.
Yet now what? How can we “cure” or fix ourselves from these deadly sins?
The cure, is a new heart which acts in accordance to God’s love and law.
The article i found stated “The cure for these sins is the gift of a new heart that acts in accordance to the love and law of God. This new heart can only come from God. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.’ Humanity’s only hope is the miracle of a regenerated heart that acts according to the direction of the Holy Spirit to walk in God’s statutes and judgements.”
we need to open up to God, Confess to him our sins, move forward with an open heart, mind and self to move forward to be pure of heart to not sin. It will not happen over night. You need to be open, willing and able to move as God commands you to walk. He will give you this new heart to walk in. “Power does not come from self to change the heart. On the contrary, this verse clearly points out that God alone gives you a new heart and causes you to walk in His ways. As this event becomes a reality in your life, the seven deadly sins of gluttony, envy, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and greed will lose their power in your life. With the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life, you will instead desire to live a life based upon the principles of the Bible.”
the article gives a History of the Seven Deadly Sins “The seven deadly sins were first compiled by Pope Gregory I around the year 600. They are pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Gregory also compiled a list of the seven virtues: faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. The Bible would validate all of these concepts, but nowhere are they recorded in a list like this and nowhere in the Bible are they specifically referred to as the seven deadly sins or seven virtues. They do not pre date the Ten Commandments which were given at Mt. Sinai around 1450 B.C. It is probably true that they were used extensively to teach principles from God’s Word, particularly in the centuries before the invention of the printing press when the Bible was not available for the common man to read and study.”
just in case; the ten commandments are as follows:
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
In the bible the 7 deadly sins do not appear, yet the bible does mention in Proverbs what is sinful to the lord:
Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Also, In Galatians “mentions several more sins to be on our guard against” , Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
What now are the seven virtues?
The Seven Virtues
“The seven virtues were originally defined in the poem, Psychomachia, by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 A.D. Because of the poem’s prevalence the concept and idea of the seven virtues spread throughout Europe. The following is a listing of the seven virtues and how they cure each of the seven deadly sins:”
Kindness = cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the need to supersede them
Temperance = cures gluttony by implanting the desire to be healthy, therefore making one fit to serve others
Charity or love = cures greed by putting the desire to help others above storing up treasure for one’s self
Chastity or Self-control = cures lust by controlling passion and leveraging that energy for the good of others
Humility = cures pride by removing one’s ego and boastfulness, therefore allowing the attitude of service
Diligence or Zeal = cures slothfulness by placing the best interest of others above the life of ease and relaxation.
Patience = cures wrath by taking time to understand the needs and desires of others before acting or speaking.
The seven virtues, though originally defined from a poem the concept isn’t far fetched from the teachings of Christianity.
For example if you think of the 10 commandments tells you how we are to live
You shall have no other gods before Me. – God is your one and only God
You shall not make idols. – Do not make idols since we serve the one true god
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. – wash out your tongue and speak words of prosperity in stead of in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – praise him.
Honor your father and your mother. – love and honor them.
You shall not murder. –
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
We also find concepts of virtue in:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on
these things.
Psalm 41:12
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
We are to hold his virtue, his commandments, keep pure, we are to love one another, be kind to one another, help one another, be humble with one another, be diligent for one another have patience for one another.
We must do our best not to sin. It really is not easy, for there are many ways we get tempted. We have to learn to not use material means to fill voids only God can fill.
Father God I thank you for bringing this article before me. I thank you for allowing me to share this. We are living in times where we sin more than we would hope to, we are living in dangerous times, scary times, times filled with hatred. I want to be the change I wish to see in this world. I want to bring forth your love and your peace to this world. I want to help any way I can and show your love and good deeds in the world. amen.
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