Who am I? (1)
The kind of person that we are, can influence the kind of sin that we get ourselves caught up in. Our character can make us more vulnerable to certain areas, as well as making us stronger in others. The pattern of our sin is often related to the pattern of our gifts. Our gifts and passions can indicate our areas of vulnerability. For example, extroverts who have the ability to inspire and encourage others are sometimes prone to gossip. People who love to learn may be tempted to feel superior and talk down to others. People who are spontaneous and have a great appetite for life often struggle with self-control. Optimists are often susceptible to denial. Why is it helpful to know this? Because awareness and sensitivity to our own tendencies are the first steps towards building a defence. When we know what we’re vulnerable to, we can help strengthen ourselves in that area so that we’re not tempted to sin. And, with God’s help, we can break free from patterns of sin in our lives. Sin is a topic that we don’t always like thinking about. But the truth is, we all sin. The Bible says: ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23 NIV). God knows we’ll struggle with sin, in fact He knew it ‘easily trips us up’, that’s why He gave His Son to save us. But when we recognise where we’re going wrong, or the areas we’re weak in, we can do all we can to avoid repeatedly sinning in a certain area. So over the next ten days, we’re going to look at different personality types. We’ll be thinking about their strengths and weaknesses, and looking at how we can break free from our patterns of sin.
Before we get going on different personality types, have a think about what sins you seem to keep repeating. Why not write them down, and pray each of the next 10 days that God would help you break free from that area.