Overcoming Sin through Christ: Carelessness and Thoughtlessness

  Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Carelessness and Thoughtlessness

We’ve all known of at least one person who seemed to have a careless attitude about living and the duties for which he was responsible. What about you and me?  Do you recognize that you, yourself, fail to care about things as you should?  Are you careless about life and your responsibilities?

Careless means “taking insufficient care; negligent. . . . lack of forethought or thoroughness. . . . showing a lack of consideration. . . . unconcerned or indifferent; heedless.”[1]  As responsible followers of Christ, we are to be careful of our life and all we do. 

Paul wrote, “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).  Are the days still evil?  If so, we are to be “careful” in the way we live and use our time well!  A Christian must be “careful” how he builds the house of God (the body of Christ) on the foundation of Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).  In our daily lives, we should be careful people and carry on our God-glorifying tasks with great care.

A related term is thoughtlessness.  This means, “Marked by or showing lack of due thought or care; careless. . . . Inconsiderate; inattentive.”[2]  It means, “lacking in consideration for others; inconsiderate; tactless.”[3]  Some people are habitually thoughtless.  They are inconsiderate of others and tactless in their relationships!  They don’t show care in what they say to others or the way they say it. 

Some people fail to dress modesty as required by God (1 Timothy 2:9-10).  They are tactless in their comments to others, thereby failing to weigh their words, although Paul instructs us: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:6). 

These careless and thoughtless people  are inconsiderate in their visiting others, arriving at an inconvenient time, failing to call before arriving, dragging dirt and mud into the homes, and failing to treat property respectfully, although we are to “conduct ourselves honorably in all things” (Hebrews 13:18).  They are thoughtless and tactless in what they say to someone they want to influence for good or one they want to counsel in the ways of God.  In all of these ways and a thousand others, true Christians must be thoughtful, considerate, and filled with tact and discretion in word and deed.

 



[1] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[2] The American Heritage College Dictionary.

[3] Random House Webster’s College Dictionary.

 

 

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