Fellowship Group: Many people including me ask, “What are the seven deadly sins?” Here they are with the Bible verse attached!!
- Wrath – strong vengeful anger or indignation: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1)
- Lust – to have an intense desire or need: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
- Gluttony – excess in eating and drinking: “for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags” (Proverbs 23:21).
- Greed - excessive or reprehensible acquisitiveness: “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:19).
- Laziness – disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous: “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway” (Proverbs 15:19).
- Envy – painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage: “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:1-2).
- Pride - quality or state of being proud – inordinate self-esteem: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
The seven deadly sins also have counterparts, the seven heavenly virtues: patience (wrath), chastity (lust), temperance (gluttony), charity (greed), diligence (laziness), kindness (envy), humility (opposed to pride),
This week let’s take a hard look at PRIDE!!!
While all sin is equally offensive and wrong in the eyes of God they are not all equal. There are some sins that some people will never deal with in their lives. There are people who are so full of encouragement that they may never envy another person. There are some people who have no love for money or accumulation of stuff and will really never have a problem with greed. How many of you really have a hard time not offering sacrifices to other gods? Some sins are pretty avoidable. Yet there is one sin so vile, so pervasive, and so powerful that every person who has ever walked this earth has struggled with it. Not just struggled with it every person has fallen to it. It is the worst sin, the father of all sin. It is the sin that ruined angels. Every sin, every wrong action all root back to this one particular sin. Pride.
Pride is the worst and most prevalent of the (7) deadly sins because it is either the source or chief component in all of the others. Pride is the instigator of all sin.
Pride convinces LAZINESS that someone else should do it for me.
Pride convinces LUST that my pleasure comes before God’s priorities.
Pride convinces ANGER that if I don’t get my way someone will have to pay
Pride convinces GLUTTONY that I better get my fill.
Pride convinces GREED that the more I have the more I will be satisfied.
Pride convinces ENVY that I deserve better than you.
Fellowship Group: The key to pride is found in understanding Who is really in charge. Our behavior and attitudes are altered when we know who is in control. Ultimately, we all need to realize that God is large and in charge and that we are His creation. Christians don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.
A CEO of F500 noticed his wife talking with the station attendant. Come to find out she dated him in school. As they got on their way the CEO says, “I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, I’m glad I married you instead of him or else I’d be the wife of a gas station attendant instead of the wife of a CEO of a F500 business.” Without missing a beat, the wife says, no! I was thinking if I’d married him, he’d be the CEO of a F500 company and you’d be a gas station attendant.
A man brought his boss home for dinner. The boss was brash and arrogant. The little boy in the family stared at the boss for most of the evening but didn’t say anything. The boss asked the boy, “Why do you keep looking at me like that, son?” The little boy answered, “My daddy says you’re a self-made man.” The boss beamed proudly and admitted that he was a self-made man. The boy said, “Well, if you’re a self-made man, why did you make yourself like that?”
Four catholic women are having lunch. One of the ladies begins to brag on her son. She said, “My son is a priest, and when he walks into a room, everyone calls him Father.” The 2nd said, “My son is a bishop, and when he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Your Grace’.” The 3rd lady said, “That’s nothing. My son is a cardinal, and when he walks into a room, everyone calls him ‘Your Imminence’.” The 4th lady didn’t say a word, but kept sipping her coffee, when the 1st lady said, “What about your son?” She said, “My son is 6’2”, ruggedly handsome, broad square shoulders, great manners, well dressed, tight muscular body; and when he walks into a room, all the woman say, ‘Oh my Lord.’”
A lion who wanted every animal in the jungle to know he was king so he went from animal to animal soliciting their respect. He went to a bear and roared, “Who is the king of the jungle? The bear said, “You are of course.” He went to the tiger and roared, “Who is the king of the jungle? The tiger said, “Everyone knows you’re king.” Then he ran into an elephant and roared, “Who is the king of the jungle? The elephant reached down and grabbed the lion w/ his trunk, whirling him around in the air, slamming him to the ground and into a few tree, and dunked him in the river before throwing him onto the shore. Dazed, bloodied & bruised, the lion got up and said, “Listen, if you don’t know the answer, you don’t have to get mean about it.”
God Bless Give God All the Glory Coach Campman
Make a difference today, Love Clint