The Seven Deadly Sins
Updated: Jul 10
The human race is imperfect in many different ways. Sin is present in our everyday lives. It is important to acknowledge that none of us are free from being sinful. The Bible verse that comes to mind when discussing sin is: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” (John 8:7, King James Bible). The seven deadly sins are the most horrendous. When discussing these seven sins, it is important to note that we’re all guilty of them. Knowing the list of The Deadly Sins and their meanings will let you be self-aware. Here is a list of the deadly sins meanings and what you can do to avoid them:
Pride: Deep Pleasure In One's Own Achievements
Pride is the belief in oneself to an excessive extent. For example, if you are overestimating your abilities on a project and belittling your coworkers, you are being prideful. When you overestimate yourself, you’re no longer practicing humility. Having humility means that you are modest about your importance whether it be on a project or acknowledging that you’re equal to everyone else. In the Bible, Jesus was an example because he was able to practice humility in his daily life. The Bible states, “...Let not the mighty man boast of his might...but let him who boasts of this, that he understands and knows Me...” (Jeremiah 9:23-24, New International Version). To avoid being prideful, reflect on your thoughts and speak to everyone as your equal.
Envy: Resentful Feeling For Someone Else's Possessions
Envy is coveting attributes, skills, or material possessions from someone else. Let’s just say that your friend is talking about a raise they received or a big promotion. If your thoughts go towards jealousy or feeling as though you are more deserving of those opportunities, you are being envious. Envy is a very dangerous sin, because it can seriously damage your interpersonal relationships. You’ll always want what those around you have. By practicing humility and being genuinely happy for those around you, you will have better relationships in your life. Proverbs 14:30 does a great job of summarizing what practicing envy can do to you: "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (New International Version).
Sloth: Lazy Reluctance To Do Anything
Being slothful goes with being lazy, does that mean that having a lazy Saturday is sinning? Not exactly. Being slothful means you are being lazy to an excess and you’re not using your talents to their fullest potential. A good example of this is putting off deadlines at work or at school to scroll on social media. Another example of this is being on your phone during work hours. If being on your phone is not related to work, then you are being slothful. Make sure you are living to your potential every day and not putting off your responsibilities. Having a highly motivated attitude towards life, regardless of how difficult life may seem, is key to avoid this sin. The Bible discusses being slothful and wasting your talents in the following passage: “He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster” (King James Version, Proverbs 18:9).
Gluttony: Overindulgence in Food & Drink
Gluttony is defined as consuming food or drink to excess. Imagine you’re having a very tasty dinner. You have one serving, but you’re already satisfied. Serving yourself another dish would be gluttonous. When you are using food for comfort or as a form of emotional support, you are not using food as a means of fuel. Food and drink should only be to fuel your body, not to over-consume. I find this passage the most helpful when discussing gluttony. “Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rag” (New International Version, Proverbs 23:20-21). Next time you’re having dinner, ask yourself if you’re full. When you are full, there is no need to over-consume. Enjoy these things in moderation.
Lust: Extreme Desire For Someone
Lust is having a passion, longing, or sexual desire for another individual. When a man is gazing at a model and having inappropriate thoughts, that is an example of lust. Lust enables us to see others as objects as opposed to individual beings. To overcome lust, avoid any media that triggers these thoughts. You can also overcome this, by learning respect for yourself and others. Grasp onto the concept that those around you are not objects, but individuals. Sexual desires are normal and part of being human. It is normal to have these desires, but by learning healthy coping mechanisms, you can monitor your own thoughts. A good passage in the Bible for this particular sin is: “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28, New International Version).
Greed: Insatiable Longing for Material Gain
Placing too much value on material goods and longing for more things than necessary is being greedy. Jesus lived his life very humbly. He did not have more than what he needed. This is how we must live our lives. When we place too much value on the things we have, we are straying away from the beliefs held in the Bible. Reading this passage from Matthew can help you comprehend this concept: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24, New International Version). To avoid being greedy, you can practice being grateful for what you already have - Practicing gratitude is a sign of humility. A good way to practice gratitude is by thinking about three things you’re grateful for every day that you wake up.
Anger: Strong Feelings of Hostility
Frustration and anger are normal human emotions. When your feelings of anger are excessive, then you are committing a sin. Love is something that is essential to human existence. This Bible verse will put things into perspective during times of anger. “ Let all that you do be done in love” (Corinthians 16:14, English Standard Version). When you let your anger get the best of you, you are straying away from the teachings discussed in the Bible. To be less angry, deescalate yourself from the situation and come back to it when you can react to it with a calm and cool demeanor. Remember, we are all human and people often make mistakes. When dealing with anger address your situation with a graceful attitude, it enables clear communication.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Sin is a part of our everyday life. Sometimes our feelings dictate how we react to certain situations. When you acknowledge the sins you are about to commit, you can easily avoid them and change your behavior. The goal is not to be perfect, but to do the best you can. Try to practice acts of kindness and always rethink your actions!