There is a sin unto death or a sin that will kill you or others. Then there are the not so mortal sins. Over eating makes obesity and death. Rage causes murder. Jealousy sparks hate, and murder. Jealously like every other deadly sin is based in fear and insecurities that are programmed into us from birth. Greed takes from others what they need to survive. More- “murder”.
Lust will blind a man to his own spiritual needs by which he may lose his soul due to spiritual neglect and a lust for life & fun or a lust for vile and evil things. Lust isn’t always for sex. It’s blood lust and the lust for power the slaughters millions of the innocent. Lust for sex, if it results in abortion…is murder of the worst kind. The slaughter of our own unborn children done so, many times, in ignorance. God help us. We are taught that this is morally acceptable. We must do a fourth and fifth step on this deadly sin.
False Pride-Pride says “I have no need of God” Pride says “I am a good person and I have no need to repent.” But none are good no not one. False pride has no humility. Humility is Truth. Truth sets a man free and keeps the man alive. False humility is to put yourself down just to appear humble. It is self degradation and often it’s a lie. We should avoid both pride and false humility. We should not speak ill of ourselves in public. Nor should we act falsely not for the hour is getting late. Pride can cause death in a number of ways.
Envy-Envy takes peace from a man. It is a root of bitterness that starts as a seed and if not addressed, turns to spite, wrath, and again murder. Envy grows briers around a man’s heart that only Jesus can break through to release and free the heart that is bound by it. Envy breeds bitterness and unkind words that in turn make a man sick from the inside out.
Sloth breeds the other deadly sins-Sloth can steal a man’s soul by procrastination of spiritual needs. And by a lack of exercise a man’s heart grows weak. Then when he rises to work out of necessity, his heart fails him. Example-Too lazy to seek God, too lazy to work the 12 steps to learn what is in one’s own heart. Sloth puts off the work that is needed to keep a man vibrantly alive. If the body doesn’t exercise the man will fall pray to his recliner in front of the TV and there shall he become a victim of gluttony, lust, and the rest of the temptations of evil. Not having the need to hunt and gather makes sloth a temptation.
Anger & Resentment Issues that lead to rage and dysfunctional responses.
In AA we are sometimes taught by comments in meetings and other people’s attitudes that it is a shame to be angry. We learn that if we have a resentment even when wronged we have somehow failed so we receive a giant “F” on our recovery report card! We get the feeling that if we are angry our spiritual condition is less than it should be. Granted if we were made of Love and Love alone anger would be below us and not in tune with our own natures because if we were only Love we would be only Spirit. BIG HOWEVER! No matter how much we meditate, pray, read the big book, go to meetings confess our shortcomings, work on core issues, call our sponsor, resfrain pen and tongue etc. etc. we will still eventually become angry and hurt because we are humans and anger is one of our primal key human survival emotions. ANGER IN SPITE OF POPULAR BELIEF IN THE ROOMS IS NOT A CHARACTER FLAW. Wrath on the other hand is a flaw and also one of the seven deadly sins. The trick is not to allow our natural anger to become wrath by hurting ourselves or others in result of it. We in recovery must learn how to admit our anger to ourselves, God and another human in spite of our shame. And so we say to ourselves; “its ok I am angry” and then we move on to the solutions of how to express the anger in a healthy way to let it go. We journal our feelings. We write a letter that we will NEVER send journalling all the reasons for our anger. We leave logic and self-conscience maturity behind and we write our core feelings toward ourselves, others, and our Higher Power if need be. At the end if we have wronged anyone, are not trusting God, or are playing God in our minds we admit our part. We ask our Higher Power to remove any defects of character.
WE DO NOT BEAT OURSELVES UP FOR HAVING EMOTIONS. Our emotions should flow through us and out of us. We addicts tend to hang on to feelings and not let go. We revisit our Third Step…we are in God’s care and we sigh a sigh of relief and giggle at ourselves a bit for forgetting we are human.