‘SELF’ SINS AND THE COMMAND TO AVOID THEM
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” [Phil 2:3,4]
The “self” sins are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love, and I’m sure there are others. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our fallen sinful human nature to come to our attention till the light of God in Christ is focused on them.
How can we avoid these sins? We cannot avoid them perfectly in this life, but by seeking and following the Lord Jesus Christ we do not allow these sins to overcome us unto condemnation. Sinners can only do this by the sovereign grace and power of God. By the power of God the Holy Spirit we are convicted of all sin so that we see no goodness in ourselves. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are brought to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ so that we lose ourselves in Him.
Christ, then, becomes ALL, and in ALL so that we can no longer glory in ourselves. We see Christ as our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). This is true self-denial. Christ said,”Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me”(Mark 8:34).
As believers, we fight these “self” sins by always keeping the glory of God in Christ and the good of others before our eyes. The “self” sins are the product of thinking only of ourselves. Let’s set our minds “ON THINGS ABOVE” (Christ) (Colossians 3:2), and not on ourselves. Let’s “THINK ON THE THINGS OF OTHERS” and not on ourselves (Philippians 2:4).