29. Having been filled in all unrighteousness, wickedness, selfish greed, malice, full of envy, murder, rivalry, deceit, malignity, insinuators, 30. slanderer, God haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventive criminal, sons disobedient to parents. 31. without discernment, treacherous, callous, merciless. 32. Though they know perfectly well God’s decree that such things are worthy of death, they not only do them, but also are in agreement with those doing them.
After Paul has listed sexual acts, as discussed yesterday, now moves on to other vices that people do. He counts all of these vices, these actions that plague consciences, as sins that deserve death. Is that fair? Yes it’s fair. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom 3:23). These vices are manifestations of sin and sin needs to be destroyed, burned up and never done again. However, these vices, these sins are things that I’m comfortable doing. It’s easy to be boastful, greedy, and merciless. It’s almost impossible to be humble, gracious, and merciful, but that is what we as forgiven sons and daughters of God are called to do. We are called to live our faith. “The righteous shall live by faith” (Rom 1:17).