Six Ways of Minimizing Sin

I found these six ways of minimizing sin to be very instructive regarding gospel-centered sanctification/mortification of sin. Take a moment and examine your fight against sin, the ways you are prone to minimize sin, and develop an intentional strategy to renounce them.

Defending

I find it difficult to receive feedback about weaknesses or sin. When confronted, my tendency is to explain things away, talk about my successes, or to justify my decisions. As a result, I rarely have conversations about difficult things in my life.

Pretending

I strive to keep up appearances, maintain a respectable image. My behavior, to some degree, is driven by what I think others think of me. I also do not like to think reflectively about my life. As a result, not very many people know the real me (I may not even know the real me).

Hiding

I tend to conceal as much as I can about my life, especially the “bad stuff”. This is different than pretending in that pretending is about impressing. Hiding is more about shame. I don’t think people will accept the real me.

Blaming

I am quick to blame others for sin or circumstances. I have a difficult time “owning” my contributions to sin or conflict. There is an element of pride that assumes it’s not my fault AND/OR an element of fear of rejection if it is my fault.

Minimizing

I tend to downplay sin or circumstances in my life, as if they are “normal” or “not that bad. As a result, things often don’t get the attention they deserve, and have a way of mounting up to the point of being overwhelming.

Exaggerating

I tend to think (and talk) more highly of myself than I ought to. I make things (good and bad) out to be much bigger than they are (usually to get attention). As a result, things often get more attention than they deserve, and have a way of making me stressed or anxious.

This excerpt is taken from the excellent study called The Gospel-Centered Life. Week one, in which this excerpt is derived, can be downloaded for free.

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14 Comments on “Six Ways of Minimizing Sin”

  1. Ed Goodman Says:

    GREAT stuff! Thanks, brother.

  2. Steve Martin Says:

    If I had to rely on my “fight” aginst sin, I’d really be in trouble.

    Sin is the problem. Sin(s) are the symptoms. Lessening the symptoms (assuming that is even possible), does nothing about the condition that we are stuck with in this mortal life.

    But the good news is that “we are to comsider ourselves dead to sin”…because of Christ Jesus (Romans 6).

    Thanks, so much.


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  9. Pault Says:

    The most discouraging thing in the life of a believer is the remnant of the old nature. The Psalmist said “he fighting daily wearieth me”. The “flesh” is an ever present, and relentless enemy that will always be our companion in this life. He can only be overcome by the means Christ has given the Christian – the Holy Spirit, the Word, separation, and godly fellowship. Yet with all he remains our dangerous enemy.


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