“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that hurry to run to evil, a lying witness who testifies falsely, and one who sows discord in a family”
– Proverbs 6:16-19
I was really inspired to my Theology and Religious Education professor when she discussed about sin and virtue which makes me share the teaching. According to her, virtue is personal moral excellence which enables the individual to serve the interest of the human community. It is acquired through the constant repetition of good deeds as a consequence of a conscious and deliberate choice. It is a permanent disposition or habit which facilitates the execution of a good deed and which makes its performance delightful despite all the odds. It is a human moral excellence whose measure is the mean between two extremes – both extremes are thus deemed to be vices; virtue ensures a well-balanced personality. In relation to this, here are the Seven Contrary Virtues and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Pride and Humility
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. “- Ephesians 4:2
Pride is arrogance and a self-centered view of the world. It is a highly exaggerated sense of one’s own importance and the demeaning of the importance of others. On contrary, humility which comes from the Latin word, humus, which means the earth. The humble people recognize that all that they have is a gift given to them.
Envy and Faith
“For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” – Psalm 73:3
Envy is the failure to accept oneself and shows itself in an attitude which begrudges the gifts of others. It is the specific opposite of faith which realizes that life is not a competition and that the basis of one’s worth is rooted in the fact that we are sons and daughters of God.
To know more about the offenses against faith, visit my devotional post, Violations On The Tenth Commandment.
Greed and Generosity
“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” – Luke 12:15
Greed is an inordinate desire for wealth and material possessions. Moreover, generosity and social justice is the willingness to share one’s own resources with those in need and strive to create a society in which all are included and given the opportunity to live a full human life.
To know more about the offenses against generosity and property, visit my devotional post, Offenses Against Property.
Lust and Chastity
“Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.” – Romans 13:13
Lust is an attitude of the heart which views people as sexual objects and intends to use them simply for sexual gratification. It is better to have chastity. It is to direct one’s sexuality towards relationships of love and intimacy. It means fidelity not only in body, but in heart and mind as well.
To know more about Chastity and the offenses against it, visit my devotional post, Offenses Against Chastity.
Anger and Patience
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12
As one of the deadly sins, anger refers not simply to a feeling but to an attitude of the heart. Furthermore, patience comes from the Latin, which means to suffer. The patient person is able to suffer the limitations and weaknesses of others.
Gluttony and Self-control
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Gluttony treats the body simply as pleasure machine, overindulging in food, drink, or drugs. I would rather have self-control. It disciplines me in doing the good and brings not only better physical health but an improved spiritual outlook as well.
Sloth and Love
“Let all that you do be done in love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14
I wonder why sloths are called sloth. Are they lazy? Anyways, sloth is an unwillingness to care about what is good. On the other hand, love is not just being nice, it is being creative, caring and compassionate.
© Melani del Mundo