The Excellent Wife - A Wife's Understanding of Sin

Four Characteristics of Sin

It's universal - Romans 3:23
It's open and obvious to others - Galatians 5:19-21
It cannot be hidden from God - I Samuel 16
It is justly penalized by God - Romans 6:23

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. - Isaiah 53:5

Our punishment for OUR sins fell upon Christ, we have been justified by God through Christ; we have been declared righteous by God based on the works of Christ.

 If you’re a Christian you have been forgiven and declared righteous before God.

Repentance and sinful habits involve more then just confessing to God; for the purpose of godliness, you have to remove the sins from your life and replace it with something good, it takes time and a lot of work, we are dead to sin, therefore we shouldn't sin anymore.

The put-off - put-on dynamic -

  1. How do you become aware of sin? By reading God's Word, and conviction of the Holy Spirit

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Hebrews 4:12, John 16:7-8


  1. Do we have to sin? No, sin is a choice.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:6,7,14


  1. What was the 'old man' like? The 'old man' is sinful, enjoying the lusts and sin of this world.

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Ephesians 4:22


  1. What is the 'new man' like? A new creation in Christ; clean

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Ephesians 4:24


  1. We are to put off corrupt, deceitful lusts, and put on the righteousness and holiness of God

Ephesians 4:22,24


  1. We are also to put away lying and corrupt ways

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

Colossians 3:9


  1. We are to put on the new man renewed in the knowledge of Christ

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Colossians 3:10


Scripture Reference
Put Off Character Deficiencies
Put On Character Qualities
Ephesians 4:25
Speak truth
Ephesians 4:26,27
Angry, anger
Sin not
Ephesians 4:28
Work, give to others
Ephesians 4:29
Corrupt communication
Good & edifying communication
Ephesians 4:31,32
Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking
Kindness, tenderhearted, forgiving
Ephesians 5:11
Fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness
Reprove them of darkness
Ephesians 5:4
Filthiness, jesting, foolish talking
Cleanliness, giving thanks
Ephesians 5:18
Drunk with wine
Be filled with the Spirit of God
Philippians 4:6
Doing things yourself
Following God, trusting Him
Colossians 3:8,12-14
Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication
Mercy, kindness, humbleness, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness, forbearing one another
Romans 13:12-14
Works of darkness, rioting, drunkenness, strife, wantonness
Walking honestly, soberly, thankfulness



Practical actions you can do to put on godly character -

Study God's Word
Trust God
Call upon the Lord in times of trouble
Surround yourself with godly friends
Obey God


Memory Verse -

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. - I Peter 4:2

Scripture Writing for this Chapter

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them - Genesis 1:27


And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. - Genesis 1:31


Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. - Ephesians 4:29


Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. - Hebrews 10:22


For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; - Romans 3:23


Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. - Galatians 5:19-23


For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. - Romans 6:23


But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. - I Samuel 16:7


Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. - Hebrews 14:13


He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. - Isaiah 53:11


But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. - Isaiah 53:5


And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. - Acts 16:31


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. - Romans 10:9


These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. - I John 5:13


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. - II Corinthians 5:17


Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. - I Corinthians 6:9-11


And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. - Ephesians 4:32


But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. - I Timothy 4:7


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. - Hebrews 4:16


And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: - I Peter 1:17-19



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