11 March 2009

Respectable Sins

I finished reading Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges... and wow. This book addresses sins that many Christians tolerate, including me. The book begins with an important foundation and then it goes through the list chapter by chapter.

Here is the list:
* Ungodliness
*Anxiety and Frustration
* Discontentment
* Unthankfulness
* Pride
* Selfishness
* Lack of Self-Control
* Impatience and Irritability
* Anger
* The Weeds of Anger
* Judgmentalism
* Envy, Jealousy, and Related Sins
* Sins of the Tongue
* Worldliness

A friend of mine read this book with his Sunday School class. His wife told me on the last day they talked about the book, he asked the class, "How can you keep mindful of these lessons/chapters? What would your guide be?" After people mentioned different things he had everyone look at 1 Cor 13:4-8.When she told me I was really struck at how those verses beautifully wrapped up the whole book.

4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.

If I were to recommend a good book to a Christian wanting to grow in sanctification, this would be it.


  1. Sorry it took me so long to return a nice visit. I think I got too busy there for awhile.

    Your blog has a lot of variety. It will be good to come back and spend some time getting to know you.

  2. This sounds like an interesting book. Most of that list rings true to me, but I think there are a couple I would disagree with. I may look for this at the library next month when I go to the US. Thanks for the recommendation!


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