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It’s tempting to look down on others when they fall into various sins, especially when it’s not a sin we particularly struggle with. But this is more than just a point of pride on our part; it’s also ignorant. We’re all human and capable of every sin in the book, and it’s foolish to think otherwise.

Of course, we all have our unique patterns of weakness – causing some to be more prone to lustful pleasures, while others are more likely to have outburst of anger, or selfish ambitions. And our signature sin struggles are usually connected to the particular wounds in our story. As such, it’s often easier for us to understand and extend grace to those who struggle in similar ways we do. 

But this understanding should not cause us to become arrogant concerning other sins. Even King David, a man after God’s own heart, committed adultery and murder. And while these should seem unthinkable to us in one sense, wisdom reminds us to have enough humility not to assume we’re above it, as pride still comes before the fall.

To admit our capacity is not to entertain the possibility or to actively look for an opportunity. It’s simply a reminder to stay alert and watchful.

When we assume we’re incapable of something then we’re more likely to put our guard down and turn a blind eye to it. And it’s in this moment the evil one pounces like a roaring lion to devour us.

To be sure, we don’t want to live in fear or worry – always playing it safe to the point of no longer living boldly in faith. But we don’t want to live with our head in the sand either.

In the end, we each have our own weaknesses, but remain capable of every sin in the book. Enjoy the freedom you have, and extend grace to others, while remaining humble and watchful yourself.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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