Luxuria (Ash Wednesday)

Over Lent we will be going over the seven deadly sins and asking why they are so deadly. On Holy week, we will see how Christ addresses these sins. We will also be using the theology of Philippians 2:1-11 for guidance on how we should be acting and the Book of Common Prayer for prayer helps.

“Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever.” Book of Common Prayer

Women and Men everywhere deal with the word luxuria, which is Latin for Lust. Lust proves problematic for many people in relationships. It has costed marriages, jobs, and integrity.

The problem of Lust and Relationships is that lust takes ones selfish desires and makes them the primary goal of ones life. God always calls people away from making their own pleasures, vindication, and affirmations in order to fulfill and the needs of others.

This is founded in our fallen desire for power and manipulation. These two vices make this sin very deadly to our relationship with others and God.

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. – Philippians 2:4

What do you lust for? Are you seeking your own fallen desires? Are you willing to let those go so that you can follow Christ?

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