82 Sins and Their Biblical Replacements

Putting off–Putting on Principle—Part 2

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There is no such thing as “instant holiness.” “Enoch walked with God.” (Genesis 5:24). “So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God” (2 Chronicles 27:6). Paul instructed Timothy to “Exercise thyself rather unto godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7). Spiritual maturity is an on-going process of replacing the old with the new. Enoch didn’t get from point A to point B in one step – he walked with God. “1f any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

Thus, as we “preach the Word,” we must expose the old and explain the new. We must preach repentance, but also replacement. Denying the old, and dedication to the new. Forsaking sin, and following the Saviour. Starving the flesh, and saturating ourselves with the Spirit. As we feed the flock of God we must serve a “balanced” diet if they are going to be healthy sheep.

Listed below are eighty-two common sins that need to be “put off” from our lives and their counterparts that should be “put on” in their place. With each of these “old” and “new” habits we have listed several verses that reinforce the principle. These are great verses for people to memorize who are struggling with these areas. Jesus confronted the temptations of Satan with Scripture and we are wise to take the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” and do likewise. As we preach and counsel people – let’s not just “rebuke” the sin, but let’s help people “replace” that old habit with a new one.

Put Off

Put On

1. Lack of Love 1. Love
  1 Thess. 3:12; 1 John 4:7,8,20   John 15:12; John 13:35; 1 Peter 1:22
2. Judging

2. Search my own sin

  1 Cor. 4:5; Rom. 14:4; James 4:12; Matthew 7:1-5   John 8:9; John 15:22; Psalm 139:23-24; Jer. 17:10
3. Bitterness 3. Tenderheartedness
  James 3:14-15; Eph. 4:31; Heb. 12:15   Col. 3:12; Rom. 12:10; 2 Peter 1:5-7
4. Unforgiving spirit 4. Forgiving spirit
  Matt. 6:14; Mark 11:25-26   Matt. 6:14; Luke 17:4; Col. 3:13
5. Pride 5. Humility
  Prov. 11:2; Prov. 21:4; Prov. 28:25; Prov. 16:18   James 4:6; Prov. 16:19; Prov. 22:4; Prov. 29:23; Matt. 18:4

6. Selfishness

6. Death to self
  1saiah 5:8; Matt. 25:43; Phil. 2:21   John 12:24; Matt. 16:25; 1 Cor. 10:24; Phil. 2:4; Gal. 2:20
7. Boasting (conceit) 7. Humility
  Gal. 6:3; Prov. 17:19; Prov. 25:6-7; 1 Cor. 4:7   Prov. 27:2; Matt. 23:12; 1 Pet. 5:5-6
8. Stubbornness 8. Submission
  2 Chron. 24:19; Acts 7:51; 1 Sam. 15:23   Rom. 6:13; Matt. 6:10; Matt. 26:39
9. Lack of Submission 9. Broken will
  Matt. 6:10; Psalm 40:8; Matt. 12:50   Matt. 6:10; Psalm 40:8; Matt. 12:50
10. Rebellion 10. Submission
  Jer. 44:16; Zech. 7:11; 1 Sam. 15:23  

Joel 2:12-13; Luke 1:38; James 4:7

11. Disobedience 11. Obedience
  Eph. 5:6; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 2:2-3  

Heb. 5:9; Deut. 26:16; 1 Sam. 15:22; Acts 5:29

12. Ungratefulness 12. Thankfulness
  Luke 17:17-18; Deut. 32:6: Rom 1:21  

Eph. 5:20; Deut. 8:10; Psalm 100:4; Col. 3:15

13. Impatience 13. Patience
  Ecc. 7:8; Psalm 40:1; James 1:2-4  

Luke 21:19; Rom. 12:12; Heb. 10:36; James 1:4; James 5:7

14. Discontent 14. Satisfaction
  Prov. 15:16; Deut. 32:32; Phil 4:11-12   Heb. 13:5; 1 Tim. 6:6
15. Covetousness 15. Yielded rights
  Jer. 6:13; Hab. 2:9; Luke 12:15; Exodus 20:17   Col. 3:5; Rom. 13:14; Gal. 5:16
16. Murmur 16. Gratefulness
  John 6:43; Phil. 2:14; Prov. 19:3   1 Cor. 10:10; 1Thess 5:18
17. Complaining 17. Contentment
  Psalm 77:3; Jude 15-16   Heb. 13:5; Psalm 142:4
18. Sassing 18. Respect for authority
  1saiah 57:4; John 6:43   Eph. 5:21; Heb. 13:17; 1 Cor. 16:16
19. Irritation to others

19. Preferring in love

  Prov. 17:14; Prov. 26:17; Prov. 25:8   Phil. 2:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:14
20. Jealousy 20. Trust
  Gen. 37:4; Prov. 27:4   1 Cor. 13:4; Prov. 3:5-6
21. Strife 21. Esteem others
  Prov. 3:30; Prov. 20:3; James 3:16   Luke 6:31; Mark 12:31; Rom. 13:10; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 5:14
22. Losing temper 22. Self control
  Prov. 14:17; Prov. 16:32   Rom. 5:3-4; Prov. 19:11
23. Bodily harm

23. Gentleness

  Acts 16:28; Prov. 16:29   1 Thess. 2:7; 2 Tim. 2:4; James 3:17
24. Anger 24. Self control
  Ecc.7:9; Prov. 14:17   Gal. 5:24-25; 1 Cor. 9:25
25. Wrath 25. Self control
  Psalm 37:8; James 1:19-20   Gal. 5:24-25; Rom. 6:12
26. Hatred 26. Kindness
  Matt. 5:21-22  

1 Cor. 13:3; Matt. 22:39

27. Murder 27. Love
  Matt. 19:18; Rom. 13:9; Ex. 20:13   Rom. 13:10; 1 Peter 1:22
28. Gossip 28. Speak with praise
  Titus 3:2; James 3:6; James 4:11   Rom. 14:19; Eph. 4:12; Eph. 4:29
29. Lying

29. Speaking truth

  Prov. 12:19; Psalm 5:6; Psalm 101:7; Prov. 12:22; Col. 3:9   Zech 8:16; Eph. 6:14
30. Bad language 30. Edify
  Eph. 4:31; Eph. 4:29  

1 Tim. 4:12; Prov. 16:14; Col. 4:6

31. Profanity 31. Edify
  Ecc. 10:12; Psalm 109:17   1 Tim. 4:12; Prov. 25:11
32. Idle words 32. Bridled tongue
  1 Tim. 6:3-4; Matt. 12:36   Prov. 21:23; James 3:2-3
33. Evil thoughts 33. Good thoughts
  1 Chron. 28:9; Prov. 15:26; Prov. 23:7   Phil. 4:8; Rom. 8:6; Phil. 2:5
34. Bad motives

34. Meditation

  Prov. 6:18; Rom. 1:21; Psalm 38:12; Gen. 11:6   Psalm 19:14; Psalm 119:59; Prov. 12:5
35. Complacency 35. Diligence
  Rev. 3:15; James 4:17   Col. 3:23; Deut. 6:5; Psalm 119:2; Jer. 29:13; Ecc. 9:10
36. Hypocrisy 36. Honesty
  Matt. 23:23-25; 1saiah 29:13; Job 8:13   Eph. 4:25; Luke 6:46; Rom. 2:21; James 3:10
37. Other gods 37. Christ in first place
  Josh. 24:14-15; Deut. 11:16   Eph. 4:6; Matt. 6:33; Acts 3:26
38. Loss of first love

38. Meditate on Christ’s love

  Hosea 10:2; Matt. 24:12; Rev. 2:4   1 John 4:10,19
39. Lack of rejoicing 39. Rejoicing
  Psalm 85:6; Phil. 4:4  

1 Thess. 5:16; 1 Peter 1:8

40. Worry 40. Trust
  Matt. 6:25-34  

1 Peter 5:7; Phil. 4:6

41. Doubt 41. Faith
  Luke 18:8; 1 John 5:4; 1 Thess. 5:24   Heb. 11:1; Luke 17:5
42. Unfaithfulness 42. Faithfulness
  Prov. 20:6; Prov. 25:19; 1 Cor. 4:2   Psalm 31:23; Rev. 2:10; Luke 19:17
43. Copping out 43. Discipline
  Prov. 24:10; Matt. 24:26   Luke 14:27; 1 Cor. 9:24-27
44. Neglect of Bible study 44. Devotions
  Psalm 119:9-11; 2 Tim. 3:14-17   Josh. 1:8; 1saiah 34:16; 1 Tim. 2:15
45. Neglect of prayer

45. Prayer

  Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18; 1 Chron. 16:11   Psalm 55:17; Heb. 4:16; Mark 1:35; 2 Chron. 7:14
46. No soulwinning 46. Soulwinning
  Ezekiel 33:8-9   Prov. 11:30; Dan. 12:3; James 5:20; Matt. 4:19; Jude 22-23
47. Burying talents 47. Perfecting abilities
  Matt. 25:14-30   Luke 12:48; 1 Cor. 4:2
48. Irresponsibility 48. Responsibility
  Prov. 24:30-34   Eph. 4:1; Prov. 6:6-11
49. Procrastination 49. Discipline
  James 4:13-15; Prov. 27:1   John 9:4; Psalm 95:7-8
50. Laziness 50. Diligence
  Prov. 13:4; Prov. 20:4; Prov. 21:25; Eph. 5:15-16   1 Cor. 10:31; Prov. 22:29; 2 Peter 3:14
51. Not doing your best 51. Doing your best
  Prov. 14:23; Ecc. 9:10   Col. 3:23; 1 Cor. 14:12
52. Misconduct in church 52. Reverence
  1 Tim. 3:15; Psalm 122:1     Ecc. 5:1; Psalm 26:8; Psalm 27:4
53. Not tithing 53. Tithing
  Mal. 3:7-10   2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2
54. Inhospitable 54. Hospitality
  1 Peter 4:9   Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2
55. Temporal values 55. Eternal values
  Phil. 3:8; Hag. 1:5-7; Prov. 13:7; Matt. 6:19-21   2 Tim. 2:4; Col. 3:2; 1 Tim. 6:19
56. Following the crowd 56. Following Christ
  Prov. 29:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:33; Psalm 1:1; Prov. 4:14; Ex. 34:12   Matt. 6:33; 1saiah 55:6; Acts 17:27
57. Cheating 57. Honesty
  1 Peter 2:12; Prov. 15:3   Luke 8:15; Rom. 12:17
58. Stealing 58. Giving
  Ex. 20:15; 1 Peter 4:15; Eph. 4:28   Luke 6:38; Prov. 3:9-10
59. Lack of moderation 59. Balance
  Col 3:13; Phil. 4:5   2 Peter 1:5-10
60. Over-eating 60. Self control
  Prov. 23:21; Prov. 23:1-2   1 Cor. 9:27; Luke 21:34; Luke 12:22
61. Speeding 61. Obedience to civil law
  1 Peter 2:13-14   Ecc. 8:2; Rom. 13:1
62. Improper dating relationships 62. God’s standards
  Gen. 39:9; 1 Cor. 15:33   Phil. 1:20; 1 Cor. 6:19-20
63. Dating the wrong people 63. Equal yoke
  2 Cor. 6:14   1 Cor. 6:12; Amos 3:3
64. Lust of the flesh 64. Pure desires
  Gal. 5:24; Rom. 6:6; 1 John 2:16   1 Peter 2:11; Rom. 13:14; Col. 3:5
65. Lust of the eyes 65. Pure thoughts
  Psalm 101:3; 1 John 2:16   Phil. 2:4; 1 Tim. 5:22
66. Fornication 66. Purity
  1 Thess. 4:3-8   1 Cor. 10:8; Matt. 5:8; Psalm 24:3-4
67. Necking / Petting 67. Abstinence
  Prov. 5:20; 1 Cor. 7:1   1 Thess. 4:4; Heb. 13:4
68. Immodest dress 68. Modesty
  Prov. 11:22   Ex. 20:14; Prov. 5:18
69. Adultery 69. Fidelity
  Matt. 5:27-28   Ex. 20:14; Prov. 5:18
70. Homosexuality 70. God’s purpose
  Rom. 1:26-27   1 Tim. 5:22; Gen. 2:24
71. Worldly hair styles

71. Glorify God

  Phil 1:27   1 Cor. 11:14-15
72. Worldly music 72. Edifying music
  Psalm 95:1; 1 Cor. 14:15; Prov. 23:7  

Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16

73. Dancing 73. Glorify God
  1Thess 5:22   1 Cor. 10:31
74. Drugs 74. God’s Temple
  Rev. 21:8   1 Cor. 3:16-17
75. Drinking 75. God’s Temple
  Prov. 20:1; 1saiah 5:11; Rom. 13:13; Prov. 23:20   Prov. 23:29-35
76. Smoking

76. God’s Temple

  1 Cor. 6:19-20   1 Cor. 3:16-17
77. Witchcraft / Astrology 77. One true God
  Deut. 18:10-11   Micah 5:12-15
78. Gambling 78. Stewardship
  Luke 15:13   1 Cor. 4:2
79. Movies 79. Example
  Matt. 6:22-23; Prov. 23:7   Psalm 101:3
80. Stumbling block to others 80. Stepping stone
  1 Cor. 8:9-12   Rom. 14:21; Rom. 15:1
81. Preferential treatment  81. Fairness
  James 2:1-6   Luke 6:31; 1 Tim. 5:21
82. Presumption of the future 82. Patience
  James 4:13-14   Prov. 27:1
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