Tamara Chamberlain with CHURCH LEADERS writes that Christians are well known for avoiding sin.  After all, it’s because of sin entering the world that humankind has found itself in the predicament of being separated from God.

She affirms the good news of the gospel – that believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior brings us victory over sin and the promise of eternal life!

She points out, however, that we sometimes struggle with properly applying our repulsion toward sin in our day-to-day lives.  We sometimes overlook certain common sins in our hearts and lives.

In the article, Ms. Chamberlain discusses:  1) having a “right” theology but not operating in love; 2) walking in slander or gossip; 3) holding a general disregard for leadership; and 4) walking in pride but calling it “self-worth.”

The CHURCH LEADERS article may be read in full HERE.

Here are some relevant scriptures:

Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)
“Pride goes before destruction, [a]nd a haughty spirit before a fall.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (NKJV)
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, [and] endures all things.  Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love [emphasis mine].”

2 Corinthians 12:20 (Amplified Bible)
“For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you not to be as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish—that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder…”.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Praise Jesus forevermore!

Tamara Chamberlain is a speaker and author who is passionate about helping people live out their faith in authentic ways.  She loves having conversations and creating community around the abundant life that Jesus promised us.

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