The Sevens

These are some of the things that have been on my mind lately.  Some of the things that I am striving to improve upon.  It floors me, when reading the virtues, how many of them MJ seems to embody.  I know he’s not a saint.  I know he probably fell and continues to fall however, it’s clear this is something he was aiming for, to be a virtuous man.

So I’ve listed the seven sins, their corresponding solutions/virtues, and things that God absolutely detests.

I am also going to note in italics some of the specific ways I have leaned toward the sinful side and the things I will change this year.

 

SINS

VIRTUES

ABOMINATIONS

Lust Chastity Those who are proud
Gluttony Temperance Those who lie
Greed Charity Those who shed innocent blood
Sloth Diligence Those with wicked hearts and minds
Wrath Patience Those who run quickly to mischief
Envy Kindness Those who speak lies to bring discord
Pride Humility Those who love to cause misfortune, hardship, distress

Virtues Meanings

 Chastity

  • Abstaining from sexual conduct according to one’s state in life
  • the practice of courtly love and romantic friendship.
  • Cleanliness through cultivated good health and hygiene
  • refraining from intoxicants
  • To be honest with oneself, one’s family, one’s friends, and to all of humanity.
  • Embracing of moral wholesomeness
  • achieving purity of thought-through education and betterment
  • The ability to refrain from being distracted and influenced by hostility, temptation or corruption.

 Temperance

  • Constant mindfulness of others and one’s surroundings
  • practicing self-control, abstention, moderation, zero-sum and deferred gratification.
  • Prudence to judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time.
  • Proper moderation between self-interest, versus public-interest, and against the rights and needs of others.

Charity

  • Agäpé love and is the greatest of the three theological virtues.
  • Unlimited loving kindness towards all which  both glorifies and reflects the nature of God.
  • Love that is divinely infused into the soul and residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up.
  • This love is necessary for salvation, and with it no one can be lost.

Diligence

  • A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work
  • Decisive work ethic
  • steadfastness in belief, fortitude, and the capability of not giving up.
  • Budgeting one’s time
  • monitoring one’s own activities to guard against laziness.
  • Upholding one’s convictions at all times, especially when no one else is watching (integrity).

Patience

  • Forbearance and endurance through moderation.
  • Resolving conflicts and injustice peacefully, as opposed to resorting to violence.
  • Accepting the grace to forgive; to show mercy to sinners.
  • Creating a sense of peaceful stability and community rather than suffering, hostility, and antagonism.

Kindness

  • Charity, compassion and friendship for its own sake.
  • Empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment.
  • Unselfish love and voluntary kindness without bias or spite.
  • Having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanor
  • inspire kindness in others.

Humility

  • Modest behavior, selflessness, and the giving of respect.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.
  • It is a spirit of self-examination
  • suspicion toward yourself and charity toward people you disagree with.
  • The courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved.
  • Reverence for those who have wisdom and those who selflessly teach in love.
  • Giving credit where credit is due; not unfairly glorifying one’s own self.
  • Being faithful to promises, no matter how big or small they may be.
  • Refraining from despair and the ability to confront fear and uncertainty, or intimidation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_virtues

Vices Meanings

 Lust

  • Excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature.  (Gold pants… need I say more)

Gluttony

  • Over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
  • Depending on the culture, it can be seen as either a vice or a sign of status. Where food is relatively scarce, being able to eat well might be something to take pride in. But in an area where food is routinely plentiful, it may be considered a sign of self-control to resist the temptation to over-indulge.  (Food, sweets)

Greed

  • sin of excess
  • Very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.
  • Scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.

Sloth

  • failure to utilize one’s talents and gifts (shying away from singing for fear of what others think)
  • laziness and indifference are the sin at the heart of the matter (not standing for injustices in order to keep peace)
  • Since this contrasts with a more willful failure to, for example, love God and his works, sloth is often seen as being considerably less serious than the other sins, more a sin of omission than of commission.
  • Acedia (Latin, acedia) (from Greek ακηδία) is very close to sloth and is the neglect to take care of something that one should do.  (yes not taking care of what I know I need to)
  • apathetic listlessness; depression without joy.
  • willful refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world God created
  • a refusal to help others in time of need. (sometimes get focussed on what I want to do & choose to not help-usually when my energy is low)

Wrath

  • Wrath (Latin, ira), also known as “rage”, may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. (even though the expression is not outward it is there… passive aggressive)
  • self-destructiveness, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries.
  • impatience, revenge, and vigilantism.
  • suicide deemed as the ultimate expression of hatred directed inwardly, a final rejection of God’s gifts.

Envy

  • insatiable desire in general
  • resent that another person has something they perceive themselves as lacking and wish the other person to be deprived of it.

Pride

  • original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and the source of the others.
  • a desire to be more important or attractive than others (wanting to look good, wanting others to think well of me, wanting compliments, etc.)
  • failing to acknowledge the good work of others
  • excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God)
  • Vainglory (Latin, vanagloria) is closely related to pride and is unjustified boasting.
  • Vanity, narcissism

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins

As for the abominations, well pride I already covered, I have lied in order to save face (which I think is also tied to pride and wanting others to think well of me), shedding innocent blood makes me think of when MJ was on stage and didn’t want them to kill the bug… if a bug is innocent blood, then I’ve shed innocent blood.  The others ones haven’t been an issue so far.

So I’ve beared myself a bit here in order to hopefully resonate with someone out there.  Hopefully we will realize that these things are so accepted by society today that it’s scary.  We are a nation heading to disaster because we tolerate WAY too much of the sinful nature.

Now don’t misinterpret my words here.  I am not judging myself or others too harshly so please don’t go there.  What I am doing is holding myself and all around me to a higher standard of conduct.

We are living WAY below our potential!  We can and we WILL be better and more in line with these virtues if we just focus on it, discipline ourselves and pray for God’s strength.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. ~Henry Ward Beecher~

Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind-you could call it character in action. ~Vince Lombardi~

Time to elevate my friends!

I believe in you!

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~ by lilwendy on January 3, 2012.

One Response to “The Sevens”

  1. Thanks Wendy for keeping us thinking about virtuous living…..we need it. God bless u.

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