'The sin that so easily trips us up.' Hebrews 12:1 NLT
Our personality character make us strong in certain areas, but also more vulnerable in those areas. 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 with 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 tendencies are the first steps towards building a defence. When we know where we're vulnerable, we can strengthen ourselves in that area. And, with God's help, we can break free from unhealthy sin patterns in our lives. Sin is a topic we generally don't enjoy addressing, 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' (Hebrews 12:1 NLT) - that's why he gave his Son to save us.
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.
So what now? Before we get going on different personality types, have a think about what unhealthy sin habits you seem to keep repeating. Write them down, and pray over the next ten days that God would help you break free in that area.
Soulfood: Zeph 1-3 John 6:1-24 Ps 85 Pro 24:11-14,