The Bible states that we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As women, we are not immune to temptation and falling into sin.
Here are five habitual sins that women often struggle with as well as advice on how to overcome them.
Gossiping is sharing information about someone that is not true or sharing true information about someone without their permission.
This is a sin that many women struggle with because it is often disguised as being harmless “girl talk.” However, gossiping can be harmful and hurtful to the person being gossiped about. It can also damage relationships.
If you find yourself gossiping, ask God to help you overcome this temptation and instead focus on speaking words that build others up.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29
It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others. We do it all the time, whether we’re conscious of it or not.
Many women struggle with comparison because we live in a society that constantly tells us we need to look a certain way, act a certain way, and achieve certain things to be successful and happy.
However, comparison robs us of joy and contentment. It can also lead to envy and jealousy. If you compare yourself to others, ask God to help you focus on your journey and trust that He has a plan for your life.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11
Materialism is having excessive or selfish concern for one’s material possessions. These possessions could be anything, such as clothing, handbags, electronics, and more.
This is a common sin that many women struggle with because we are bombarded with messages from the media telling us that we need the latest fashion, beauty products, gadgets, etc., to be happy and fulfilled.
However, materialism ultimately leads to dissatisfaction because there will always be something new and better to buy. If you find yourself coveting material possessions, ask God to help you focus on His Kingdom and what really matters in life.
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21
As women, we are proud of our accomplishments, families, homes, and so much more. And while there’s nothing wrong with being proud of these things, when we let our pride get the best of us, it can lead us to think that we’re better than others and start to look down on them.
Being prideful can make us arrogant and judgmental. If you struggle with pride, ask God to help you humble yourself and see others the way He does.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2
Have you ever found yourself being envious? We can be envious of other women’s looks, relationships, families, careers, etc.
Envy is a destructive emotion that can eat away at us and make us bitter. If you are struggling with envy, ask God to help you be content with what you have and rejoice in the blessings He’s given you.
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. – Galatians 5:26
Final Words on Sins That Women Struggle With
We are all tempted to sin, but as Christians, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us who gives us the power to overcome temptation.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
If you are struggling with any of the sins mentioned above, you can also find freedom from sin by repenting, asking God for forgiveness, and changing habits that facilitate it.