“For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” 1 Corinthians 3:3
As I read through the New Testament I wonder what sin is the most harmful. We know from 2 Corinthians 6 that sexual sin is sin against our own bodies and God gives a number of warnings to flee from sexual sin. Although the scriptures say that sin is sin, the ramifications of our sin can do harm to us, to others and to our walk with Jesus.
It could be that the sins that do the most harm to many of us, including me, are jealousy, pride and arrogance. We can sometimes conceal these sins with ‘Jesus talk,’ and maybe even deceive ourselves for a while. But underneath we all know how much these sins affect how we think and act and how much they harm our spiritual lives.
Here are a few questions I have to ask myself to guard against these self centered sins:
· Am I disappointed when others do well?
· Do I ever talk negatively about others?
· Does it make me feel ‘better than’ when I hear something negative about another?
· Do I use private information shared with me to gain advantage?
· When I enter a room do I have a “Here I Am” attitude or “There you are?”
· Am I humble enough to ask forgiveness if I have harmed another?
· Do I respect others?
· Do I use anger to manipulate?
· Do I want my own way or do I ask others what they prefer?
What would you add to my personal list?
“Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.” Proverbs 16:1