We’re in a feverishly gluttonous world. Gluttony is one of those sins that can sometimes sneak up on us, as I’ve found it is a very mood-dependent sin.
For example, let’s say you had a terrible day. Your first instinct may be to pig out on food or alcohol to help damper the pains of the day. Likewise, maybe you solve your bad day with a shopping spree. Whatever the case, either can turn into an all-out “I have to have it all” situation.
As you can see, gluttony is a sneaky sin that can easily take anyone captive. You can, however, prepare yourself with scripture to help guard your heart and your mind. Here are 7 verses from the Bible about gluttony (and the prevention of it) that you should read and remember for the times you are at your weakest:
1 Corinthians 6:12
“‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything.”
2. Genesis 3:6
“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.”
3. Philippians 3:19
“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”
4. Proverbs 28:7
“A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.”
5. Proverbs 23:20-21
“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
6. Psalm 115:4-8
“But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
7. Romans 13:14
“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
Hope these verses have blessed you. If this is your first time reading the “7 Verses for 7 Sins” series, then please go back to installment one where we talk about lust.