Although the root of our sin is unbelief, this unbelief manifests itself in different ways. We struggle to let things go because of the sins of pride, covetousness, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth. That’s every deadly sin! You might be wondering how all these sins relate to letting things go. Here’s how:
- Pride is self-explanatory. When you are proud, you think your plan is better than God’s. That’s funny.
- Covetousness (greed) – when you covet, you desire things you can’t have in a way that breeds discontent and ungratefulness. That is, you look at the gifts God has given you, but instead fixate on and refuse to let go of things you don’t have.
- Lust – you desire a person’s body instead of the person. You don’t want to let them go because you are too focused on what you can get out of them, rather than what’s best for them or you.
- Anger – it’s easy to hold onto. You want retribution or justice, and you won’t let go until you’ve gotten it. But the Bible has something to say to you: “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27). Boom.
- How many times has your friend asked for a chicken strip and you said, ‘no’? Gluttony. You don’t want to let go of that chicken strip because you love the way it fills your belly more than you love your friend.
- Envy can be tied to covetousness. The only difference is, rather than just wanting things you can’t have, you also get angry and moody when someone else gets them instead.
- Sloth – we’re too lazy to take the steps necessary to let go of destructive habits or situations in our life. W think it’s not worth the hassle!
Peace of Christ,