Posted by: Diane | May 7, 2013

The Sneaky Sins

A couple of weeks ago, our pastor preached from 1 Peter 2. 1- 12 and I’ve been thinking of his words ever since. He introduced us to what he labeled as, “the sneaky sins – not the obvious stuff” – the sins of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander. (verse 1)

malice – intent to hurt someone with words or deeds, either because of a hostile impulsiveness or out of a deep-seated meanness

Get rid of it.

deceit – misrepresenting or concealing truth

Get rid of it.

hypocrisy – a desire not to be known for what really is

Get rid of it.

envy – a desire for some privilege or benefit that belongs to another with resentment that another has it and you don’t

Get rid of it.

slander – the desire for revenge and self-enhancement, often driven by the deeper desire to deflect attention from our own failings.

The apostle Peter was very clear – get rid of it all.

I’ve heard people refer to these sins as “little” but there is nothing little about them. They are signs of a crippled life – they are the root of a “me-pleasing-others hurting” mindset yet, they are deeply entrenched in our heart and difficult to call out. As our pastor said,  “There are no deceit police or people looking for a malice moment in the church.” I agree. I know of no hypocrisy catchers. No one can see the envy that we hold onto so tightly and we seem to readily accept the slander that rolls off our tongue with ease.

Peter’s point is this: “craving pur spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (vs. 2) and being stuck in these sneaky sins (vs. 1) can not both flourish in the same heart. Desire to taste and enjoy God’s kindness cannot flourish in the same heart with malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.

God has the power, love and grace to help us desire what is good; not settle for sin that results in bondage.

I want to spend the next five days thinking and writing about these sins because my observation is that they are so easily accepted – even celebrated – in our culture, yet they abruptly stop us from living freely. We get stuck and we can’t move.

I want to be deeply rooted in what is good and right and pure and powerful, no matter the cost, don’t you?

to move freely, one must be firmly rooted

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.  Colossians 1.6,7 NIV


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