I welcome you in Jesus’ name.This topic is a foundation to the next post on ‘ADDICTION AND SINFUL HABITS’. Lets start:
I presume we all know what roots and fruits are.
Root sins are those fundamental weaknesses in a man that are at the deepest core(inner heart ) of his sinful tendencies.
They are not obvious like fruit sins but they find expressions by providing nutrients and stamina for the fruit sins.
In other words,fruit sins are the behavioural expressions of an inner heart(root) condition.They are obvious.
Jesus Christ used two scriptures to explain the topic at hand.I want you to carefully read the verses:
“And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mk 7:20-23 ).
Root sins are ‘rooted’ ‘within the heart of men’.They provide ‘nutrients’ in form of the vices above to the whole body of the man in order to produce ‘fruits'(acts of the flesh )that are obvious (Gal 5:19-21).
Matt 7:16-18:”You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit” ( Matt 7:16-18 ).
Fruit sins are not difficult to spot.Bad fruit comes from bad tree with a bad root!
Enough of semantics! Let me use an example to explain:
Adultery is a fruit/end result of lust of the eye(root sin)!
Did you get that?
Drunkenness,pornography,sexual immorality,orgies,fits of rage,jealousy,masturbation etc are fruit sins-They have roots that are not obvious!
So what are these root sins?
1)LUST OF THE FLESH (VANITY)
2)LUST OF THE EYES (SENSUALITY)
3)PRIDE OF LIFE
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world -1John 2:16
1) LUST OF THE FLESH(VANITY)
* Satisfaction/fulfilment/security is derived from OTHERS.
*You only get secured based on what others think of you.
*Your flesh can only be pleased when other people satisfy your longings.
*If your root sin is this,your answers to the following questions will be YES:
*Do you get hurt easily by people especially when not treated well?
*Do you find it difficult to say ‘NO’ to others because you dont want to hurt their feelings?
*Do you love compliments from people since they make you ‘feel cool’ and elated?
*Do you usually blame others for your problems?
*Do you like to hide your stand on issues from people?
*Do you get easily discouraged when you fail?
*Do you join the ‘happening group’ so that you can be popular/valued?
2)LUST OF THE EYES(SENSUALITY)
Satisfaction/fulfilment/security is derived from THINGS AND FEELINGS.
You believe that things can satisfy your spiritual need inside.
Your feelings are your gods!
Your eyes are focused on material/ephemeral things and pleasures.
Is this your root sin? Answer the following questions:
*Do you do things only when you ‘feel’ like?
*Do your daily routines depend on your emotional state?
*Do you find it difficult to control your thoughts?
*Do you find it difficult to give out personal posessions?
*Do you usually look out for the latest and newest things in town?
*Do you see and treat people like: ‘use and dump’?
*Do you complain about everything?
PRIDE OF LIFE
Satisfaction /Fulfilment/security is derived from MYSELF.
Ego (meaning ‘I’) controls the individual.
*Do you think everything revolves around you?
*Do you get annoyed with those who contradict your views?
*Do you get annoyed if you dont get your way or consulted in an issue?
*Do you find it hard to allow others to help you?
*Do you easily judge others negatively?
*Do you usually think your views are the most important when discussing with others?
*Do you find it difficult to admit you need God in your life?
Hmmmmm if the answer is yes to at least 3 questions in each root above then that is likely your root sin.
Note:It is possible to have more than one root .
For now,I will like you to start predicting the possible fruit sins for each root sin and you can share your thoughts with me before my next blog that will address that.
Till then stay blessed and rapturable!