Seven Deadly Sins – Part IV: Greed.

Ok – this week has had some wonderfully thought provoking comments ‘bringing us together’ in love.

Yes – i know we don’t all see exactly eye to eye, but i feel like we are a little closer together than we were before because of the honest and open way we were able to discuss what some may see as a point of difference. You have honoured me with your faithful care and commitment to the Spirit of Christ and i thank each and every contributor (and those who lurked without getting angry – or not displaying it anyway) 🙂 (is that being completely honest?? 😯 )

So forgive me this particular post coming straight after those previous ones but i’d like to get this series over with soon and the next post will be one you can relax and have a litle fun with – i hope. (and also do me a service at the same time – but more of that ‘soon’.)

Recap: idea is to discuss the ‘fabled’ Seven Deadly Sins which are not actually Biblical and don’t bear much resembance to the seven things hated by God From Proverbs 6:16-19.

Reason – to make ourselves aware of the ways we might still sin and to offer what ways we have found to overcome them so others might be better able to ward them off if they suffer from any (and i bet we all do in some way or another).

I am working through them Alphabetically and this week it is the ‘middle’ one of the Seven (because as Deb ably showed i stuffed up the first – Anger. Shoulda bin ‘Wrath’ – we live and learn) 🙂 The (my) middle one is GREED.

19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. (Prov 1:19)

Greed (or avarice, covetousness) is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess. However, greed (as seen by the church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote that greed was “a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things”.

Greed, noun. – excessive or rapacious desire, esp. for wealth or possessions. (and since we’re talking wealth here, can i just remind all who may not be aware that it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil – not the actual money itself!) 🙂

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:10 )

Usually , since it is my blog i get to give one example from my own life and then i pass it over to anyone kind enough to comment – Remember it’s for the benefit of others who might be ‘struggling’. And Confession is suposed to be good for the soul, so… here goes.

Actually , in all modesty i’m having difficulty here. I am by no means a wealthy man – i have never devoted much of my life to the acquisition of wealth – at least none to succesfully. While my primary ‘work’ at the moment consists of watching the Aus sharemarket and seeking to make a fortune trading shares i may just sub-consciously be shooting myself in the foot and making poor choices to my supposed aim. 🙂

When i was around 12-13 i remember thinking carefully about the difference between ‘Need’ and ‘Want’ and decided then that while there was lots i ‘wanted’ there truly was not much i needed, for myself. I realised that i was not very likely to ever get everything i wanted because i would end up wanting still more and that really did not seem to make much sense. I resolved that so long as i had what i needed i would not want to want much else.

Of course i have the occasional daydream about winning a massive pile on a lottery and even buy a ticket once in a while but never with much conviction as i just do not yet have sufficient ‘need’.

So it is hard for me to come up with a personal example of Greed for wealth. Hmmmmm…..

( I dealt with gluttony before – right? 🙂 )

Greed… excessive desire for possessions…???

As such greed would be in response to our ego’s fear of not having sufficient to take care of our needs. This denies God’s Ability to take care of us – of our true needs.

19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matt 6:19-21 and read the rest of the Chap. “Behold the fowls of the Air…” and Consider the lilies of the field…” quotes.)

Apart from those thoughts, i have nothing – Nope – nada! As far back as i care to remember (40 years plus) The closest thing i can come up with is – I hate to throw things away – because you never know when you will have need of it or it could be used in place of something else (recycling). It’s not for the sake of clinging to materiality – it’s just that i’ve been brought up to dislike wasting things. I have a wardrobe full of clothes going back over 20 years and i use about a tenth of them.

As far as how to overcome greed – for me it was simply working out that what you NEED is enough.

And really none of us needs all that much! I was never one for keeping up with the Jones’s

I couldn’t even keep up with The Simpsons! D’Oh! 😉

Over to you… (“greed”)


  1. Thanks again, Love, for asking us to think and examine ourselves.

    Being American I believe we suffer from Affluenza and we don’t even recognize it. I live in an up and coming community close to one of the fastest growing suburbs in America (We personally live in the older section of town). We even have an area close by called “Castle Hills” where every man can own his customized “castle” squeezed next to his neighbors’.

    I have so much “stuff” piled up, we are constantly purging our home and making trips to Goodwill (a drop-off charity) and yet we fill up the spaces with more “stuff” we MUST have…it’s a sickness, I believe.

    We know we can live with less, Phat and I have lived on the dole at one point in our marriage. We know we do not NEED this “stuff” and yet we keep buying it.

    Yet, if you came to visit, you would know we aren’t living high by American standards…when is it too much?

    I did that test Ric shared on John Shore’s site concerning where your income lies in the world’s economy…it was quite a 😯 Can you share that again, Ric, I didn’t copy the site.

    We give much but I don’t think we give enough…Can we ever give enough?

    Thanks again, Love, these are the important questions, I think. 😉


  2. Hi Lil’ Sister 🙂

    Coming to visit…. Hmmm… that would be 8)

    Affluenza and acquisition – America seems geared to those more than almost any other country doesn’t it? Ad companies make it seem almost UN-American not to want more, bigger and better, all of the time. 😦

    Corporate Greed filters down throughout the entire community ‘infecting’ us all.

    The only thing that demands ever increasing ‘profit’ is cancer – it consumes all, taking over more and more cells in the body until the organism containing it is dead.

    There just might be a lesson there (and in Nature generally) for the Corporate world (and therefore for ourselves also).

    Can we ever give enough? I think we can! but that does not mean we stop giving – it means we need BALANCE in our lives – the more we receive the more we can give. If we give more than we get it gives impetus to acquire more – as long as we do this to the common good this is acceptable but there must come a point where we ‘level off’ else we become too imbalanced with the rest of the world.

    I’m sure Alece could give some insights to this from her current experiences. 🙂


  3. hey…if you’re still awake [it’s thurs night]…hop over to Mandy’s blog. We’re bombarding her w/ comments before she comes home tomorrow by playing the game where you list the first word that comes to mind after reading the previous comment…come over and play!!!


  4. If you ever choose to come you’ll have a huge trip to make – across the whole USA to get all of us in – but you’re certainly welcome – ANYTIME! 😉


  5. If it’s one thing Aussies are good at – it’s making looong journeys. I once drove 11,000 kms (6,700 miles) in my car for a four week holiday.

    If i chose to i could have done this without ever leaving my STATE – let alone my country – and never passed through the same town twice!

    Texas may be Big – but WA is even bigger! 🙂


  6. Actually Michelle, we could just all come to your house! I love Texas! 😆

    Love: Can we at least agree that all sin is deadly??? When….will….this…end… 😆


  7. Come one, come all!!!

    Bring our own mattress (the blow-up kind) and we’ll move the furniture out of the way — don’t forget your swimsuit and tons of sunscreen!!

    Well…I might need to talk to Phat before we make any definite plans… 😕 😉


  8. ‘Chelle, – understood – it might take a time before any travel plans are made this end too and owing to limited space ( we have two couches! 😉 )my offer of welcome is a little limited 🙂

    Deb – when… i… can…. drag…. my… lazy…. butt….. around…. to…

    Slothfulness 🙂 (#7)


  9. i think i’m more greedy than i’d like to really think i am. when i hear there’s a new iPod out, there’s a part of me that starts itching and scratching to get it… even though mine works completely fine. (just one example of probably many areas…)


    i need to be greedier for christ than i actually am. i need to want, desire, and pursue Him in ways that seem obsessive or over-the-top.

    lord, make me greedy for you!


  10. Lord, Please don’t make Alece Greedy for you as that is excessive and humans don’t do excessive very well at all – we don’t have your experience to deal with it ourselves… Please Grant her desire to have You in good sufficiency every single day!

    WE need to be careful what we ask for – our mind can be inclined to try to get it for us – without discrimination or knowing when enough is enough for our own good.

    God knows, and gives us what we ask when we ask in Spirit. – but the mind can then ‘take over’ and we go TOO far one way.

    There are reasons why i used to be known as ‘Thinker’.



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