Thursday, March 6, 2014

Memorizing the 7 Deadly Sins - A Lenten Preparation

The 7 deadly sins historically listed can be memorized using the acrostic WASP LEG -


Lists of "deadly" sins appear at several points in the New Testament [Mk 7; Rom 1; 1 Cor 6; Gal 5; Eph 5; Col 3; 1 Tim 1; Rev 21 & 22] but the primary Scriptural list of 7 is found in Proverbs [6]:

There are six things the LORD hates,

seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Or as Judy Rogers sings:

There are six things - even seven, that the Lord hates - things He cannot stand!

Proud looking eyes
A lying tongue
Hands that shed innocent blood
A heart that thinks of wicked things to do
And feet that run to evil, too
Anyone who loves to lie about others
And the one who causes trouble with his brothers

Conversely, the 7 virtues historical listed are:

Humility, Charity, Kindness, Temperance, Chastity, Diligence, Patience

These can be remembered by the actrostic:

"Humorous Clara Kindly Takes Charge of the Dinner Party"
[I happen to know a 6-year-old named Clara who would do just that if I happened to need bailing out, all the while charming the socks off of everyone present, so this sentence isn't too hard to visualize and lock into my memory via snapshot.]

St Paul lists them [+ 2] this way to the Galatians [5]:

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Or as Steve Green sings:

Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the spirit!

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness. The fruit of the spirit is faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step, keep in step with the spirit. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step, keep in step with the spirit.


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