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June 16 – Sins of the Heart

June 16, 2012

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings…”1 Peter 2:1

The Bible does refer to another way to sin than by specific acts committed.  We are also guilty of sin when we refuse to be obedient, to proactively do the things He commands us to do.  1 John 3:4 teaches us exactly what sin is as defined by God… “sin is the transgression of God’s law.”  Whether it is a sin of commission, or a sin of omission, we are still guilty of sin when we violate God’s instruction.

But as a Christian, as stated yesterday, Christianity calls us to an even higher standard, that being the sins of the heart.

At times, the writers of Scripture discuss sinful traits in a way that indicates there is more to this sin thing: something inside, under the skin, i.e., the way we think.

For example, Peter, in the passage above, urges his readers to put away all malice, guile, hypocrisies, etc.

Notice that the sins in this passage are not individual acts, with the exception of “evil speakings”.  Instead they are described in general terms.  It is as if Peter is describing things in people’s minds.  Malice, guile, hypocrisy, and envy are all general tendencies to behave in certain evil ways that will lead you to specific acts of sin.

So briefly,for the next few days, I would like to look at each of these so-called “seven deadly sins” mentioned and hopefully appeal to your inward thought process as you view the way you look at sin.  Again, sin, for a Christian, is not just about specific sins, but about the way we think.  It is about what is in our heart.

Jesus introduces us to this idea found in Mark 7.

Mar 7:21-23

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Stay with me and let’s break down these “seven deadly sins.”  Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will briefly look at the issue of Pride.

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