Pride. Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Envy. Sloth. Wrath. These are the "seven deadly sins" made popular by ancient theologians and contemporary movies. We've all dealt with these sins at one time or another—whether we realize it or not -- and those of us who follow Jesus would like to stop dealing with them once and for all.
The bad news, according to author Jared Wilson, is that we can't shake any of the seven deadly sins. Willpower can't solve the problem; neither will behavior modification. That's because the seven deadly sins aren't things we do -- they're who we are. We carry them around in our hearts 24 hours a day . . .
The good news is . . . well, the Good News. The power of Christ's perfect obedience, sinless sacrifice, and glorified resurrection gives us the freedom to confidently diagnose the root of our sins, boldly kill those sins through gospel-fueled repentance, and joyfully walk in newness of life.
A lot of people will be making New Year's resolutions in the next couple of weeks to in some way be better people. Let's go deeper. Maybe Seven Daily Sins can help with that.
I'm gonna give away two copies. To be eligible, all you have to do is comment leaving your New Year's resolution. You can be serious or silly, I don't care. One comment entry per person. I will randomly select two comments sometime on Friday and notify winners via email and in this space. (If you don't leave an email address in the comment form, that's fine; just make sure to check back here at the end of the day Friday.)
UPDATE: GIVEAWAY WINNERS
Two winners with their resolutions are below:
Andy: I resolve to step up the creativity that I put towards planning date nights with the wifey.
David Qaoud: To read a book a week.
Andy and David, please email your preferred shipping addresses to jared AT gospeldrivenchurch DOT com, and I'll get your books to you asap.