Five out of Seven Ain’t Bad

Once again I must apologize for my lack of posts, although some may be thankful for that. I have no excuse. It certainly isn’t for want of time, I have had plenty of that lately, I haven’t been busy, not even with the RCIA program. Nope, I am just suffering from one of the seven deadly sins. That of sloth or acedia.

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Here is what Merriam-Webster has to say:

sloth \ˈslȯth, ˈsläth also ˈslōth\ noun plural sloths \ with ths or ṯẖz\ [Middle English slouthe, from slow] 12th century 1a: a disinclination to action or labor: indolence b: spiritual apathy and inactivity 〈the deadly sin of sloth

I define it as knowing what needs to be done but just not doing it. This can be especially bad when it comes to one’s spiritual and prayer life. It’s like exercising, you know you need to do it, you know if you do you will feel better, you know once you get into the habit you will keep doing it, yet you just don’t.

At least I am doing pretty good on not committing five of the deadly sins, although it has taken a lot of hard work. Here are the seven deadly sins:

  • Pride
  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Lust
  • Anger
  • Greed
  • Sloth

I did struggle with pride for a while. It is said that pride is the sin leading to all others and I can see that. It took a lot of hard work to beat that one, but I have mostly done it.

I can’t say I ever really suffered from envy, greed or gluttony. I have always been pretty happy with the things I have. I have never particularly cared for things other people have (envy), needed more than necessary (gluttony) or have not been willing to share (greed). And I don’t really get angry anymore. Since my journey has begun I am filled with a peace I never had before and realize getting angry doesn’t get any results anyway.

So that leaves two: Lust and Sloth. I talked about sloth above. As far as lust goes, this is a hard one to define. According to the Easton’s Bible Dictionary, lust is defined as:

Lust—sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God (Rom. 1:21). “Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the centre of all moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity.” In Mark 4:19 “lusts” are objects of desire.

People automatically think of it in the context of sexual desire. But this is only part of what lust is. As Mark puts it lusts are objects of desire. It could be a new car, a bigger house or the latest iPhone. If you lust after something doesn’t mean you will go out and get it or even try, it just means you would like to have it, although it is still a sin. If you act on your lust, that will lead to more and bigger sins. I still struggle with this one although not like I used to. This is what having a good woman and Jesus in your life will do.

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