As we approach the time of lent, it might be a good idea to explore the sin of gluttony. Gluttony is over-indulgence, habitual greed, or excess in eating or in earthly materialistic matters. We live in a society where we are pushed and encouraged to satisfy our desires in any possible way. It was gluttony that entered the entire human race into a state of sin with the first transgression of Eve.

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Genesis 3:6)

We must therefore be careful, and make sure we are able to overcome any gluttony we can identify in our lives. Whether that be gluttony of food, or the over-indulgence of anything else, let us fight it with “feeding” on the word of God instead.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

“Desire the sincere spiritual milk of the word.” (1 Peter 2:2)

“I am the bread of life. Come to me and you will not hunger.” (John 6:35)

If we give ourselves to being satisfied with spiritual food, our physical hunger and desires will lose power. Pray therefore to God, and ask that your appetite may grow towards God and His word.

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