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How to Conquer Slothfulness

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The reproofs for slothfulness are painful: “The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns . . .” (Proverbs 15:19). Yet, there is hope for the sluggard. God gives instructions both to him and about him.

Study the Principles of Diligence

If you tend to yield to slothfulness, determine to learn the principles of diligence and adopt them as a way of life. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6). The ant illustrates basic characteristics that are lacking in the lives of those who are slothful: initiative, self-direction, respect for seasons, the ability to finish jobs, and foresight needed to plan for the future.

Learn about the ant and memorize and study passages of Scripture that address slothfulness and challenge you to become diligent. Read biographies of great Christians to learn how they developed diligence by obedience to God’s Word.

Recognize That Slothfulness Develops in Stages

Slothful behavior is a temptation for all of us. Anyone can become a sluggard. The gradual development of slothfulness usually begins unnoticed; however, if left unchecked, it disables those who surrender to its appeal.

  • Latent Slothfulness: the inward tendency to reject God’s requirement for diligent labor
  • Initial Slothfulness: making soft choices in daily decisions
  • Disabling Slothfulness: when “little” surrenders to ease become a way of life

How can you counter the development of slothfulness? Instantly obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, become accountable to others for completing tasks, and develop the discipline of fasting.

Counteract Slothfulness With Hunger

One effective deterrent of slothfulness is hunger. “. . . If any would not work, neither should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10).

A fast, coupled with studying what the Bible says about diligence, is a good place to begin your battle against slothfulness. However, before you start a prolonged fast, get your doctor’s medical advice. Long periods of fasting can have negative effects on a person’s health in some instances, and your doctor can give you assurance that a long fast will not be physically harmful.

Establish the Discipline of Rising Early

Getting up early in the morning strikes at the very heart of slothfulness. If necessary, be accountable to others for getting up on time. Resist the temptation to get just a little more sleep. When you wake up, get up!

A proper amount of sleep is essential for good health, and it is a gift from God. However, God warns us that too much sleep is destructive.

  • Beware of the bondage of sleep: “As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed” (Proverbs 26:14).
  • Beware of sleep that disables: “Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger” (Proverbs 19:15).
  • Beware of loving sleep: “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread” (Proverbs 20:13).
  • Beware of sleep that robs: “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that traveleth; and thy want as an armed man” (Proverbs 24:33–34).
  • Beware of untimely sleep: “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame” (Proverbs 10:5).
  • Beware of too much sleep: “How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?” (Proverbs 6:9).

Learn to Value Time

Time is one of life’s most valuable resources. This treasure is limited and fleeting, and once it is spent, it is gone forever. The end of your days is an approaching certainty. Use your time wisely. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15–17).

By considering how much time you actually spend on weekly activities, you will gain a fresh motivation for making the most of your minutes. For one week, keep a record of what you do every fifteen minutes. Evaluate how many of the week’s 168 hours you used for sleep, meals, work, study, rest, entertainment, and conversation. The results may shock you! Use this information to help you order your days with wisdom.

“The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. . . . So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalm 90:10–12).

This material was developed from pages 224–225 of the Men’s Manual, Volume IIHow can I overcome slothful habits? (23).

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John Carlo

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Its really very nice,,,,...

Christopher Pie...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thank you God, in Jesus name, for revealing to me these truths, and conviction through the holy spirit, and the strength to change them, and the wisdom to learn from them. I pray thy will be done and so it shall for your glory. Amen
To anyone who may read this comment: please keep me in your prayers that I repent of slothfulness, and become fruitful in the eyes of the Lord for his glory, not mine. Thank you! May God bless you.

Lance Sullivan

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Glory to God he has led me to read this through unusual circumstances but I believe it was divine indeed. Truly I was slothful and falling deeper but now I know what to do to counter it. God bless and Christopher Pie I will pray for you and ask you pray for me too and I wonder if you could tell me how you are going and maybe we could keep accountable to each other. Thankyou so much and God bless all.


Monday, October 31, 2016

Thank you for using this message. It was easy for me to recognize my own slothfullness and answered my questions on how to recover from it. To whoever reads this please pray I can recover from my slothfullness and work hard for God in everything I do throughout the day. My goal is to return home tired.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

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Christopher and Annie, I have and will continue to pray for you and all others, including myself, seeking such prayer. I desperately want for all of us to overcome this behavior. It does not please God. You have already inspired me through your plea. We are not alone. Together with God we can overcome.


Thursday, October 1, 2020

There is something about combating slothfulness and other sin that speaks with immeasurable truth. It's fascinating to see that people in the time the Bible was written were trying to conquer themselves same as us.

I am guilty of setting new goals for myself and rolling over on them when I feel its convenient, content to spend more and more time on the activities I find pleasurable and safe. Tomorrow I will get out of bed right when I wake up and continue to search for inspiration to combat sluggishness, until I can do it on my own.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

I have been in combat with slothfulness for years, In a constant routine of trying to overcome it but still I find myself sinking deeper into oblivion. I am so grateful for this aricle I have been reminded that God has a greater purpose and plan for my life. Please pray for me. God bless us all.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

How does one differentiate between slothfulness and depression?


Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thank you for your question! We would encourage you to seek the Lord and ask Him which one you are dealing with. Here are some resources that may help to answer your question:

May the Lord bless you as you seek Him!


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

the pandemic and subsequent quarantine have not made me more slothful, but made me AWARE of my slothfulness! with no one to see, no one to be accountable to, i have spent my days in sweat pants; its elastic waist ever-forgiving my growing belly! help! i am online searching for insight on how to overcome slothfulness. it is indeed deadly. i feel my days numbered. i feel my body temple breaking down. i feel despair for my lack of diligence. oh god help me rise up in action with spiritual joy! i pray for myself and for each of those here who have asked for prayer. amen.


Saturday, March 6, 2021

I definitely am guilty of managing to the most by doing the absolute little. Only God himself has literally got me through my Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree getting high grades getting the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA / 2:1 in the UK with my slothfulness. It literally bewilders me to think of what my life would be like without his amazing grace and virtue. I know there's more for me in this world but I give up before I try which sucks. I appreciate your diligence in writing this article! I'm praying for all of the people in the comments to be set free! I look forward to sharing a testimony soon!

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How do you overcome slothfulness? ›

Here are some tips to help you get rid of laziness and get a grasp on your productivity.
  1. 1. Make your goals manageable. ...
  2. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. ...
  3. Use positive instead of negative self-talk. ...
  4. Create a plan of action. ...
  5. Use your strengths. ...
  6. Recognize your accomplishments along the way. ...
  7. Ask for help. ...
  8. Avoid distraction.
Apr 2, 2019

How does the Bible define slothfulness? ›

The word used in Proverbs 19:15 for slothfulness means laziness, sluggishness, or indolence which is the avoidance of activity or exertion. The slothful person is one who not only doesn't want to work but is one who avoids it as well. This person may even go out of their way to avoid doing work.

What are slothful habits? ›

Resistant to exertion and activity: fainéant, idle, indolent, lazy, shiftless, sluggard, sluggish. Informal: do-nothing.

What is an example of sloth sin? ›

The person will be physically inactive and neglect what God has said. Very often, this will lead to resources being wasted. As an example, sloth is about a person not helping those in need, even though they would be able to. Sloth is one of the seven capital sins, which are also called seven deadly sins.

What causes laziness and how do you overcome it? ›

What causes laziness? Deeming behavior lazy is a matter of opinion, so it doesn't necessarily have a specific cause. There is research that suggests things like age, habitual behavior, environment, energy, willpower, personality, and level of distraction can make someone more likely to procrastinate or not.

How to overcome sloth in the Bible? ›

When fighting sloth one must remain active in the spiritual life; anytime the temptations to sloth and spiritual lethargy begin to coat the soul like wet grey blankets, one should remove themselves immediately from the temptations by running to Christ in prayer, or by occupying themselves in some activity.

How do I get rid of laziness and weakness? ›

Self-help tips to fight tiredness
  1. Eat often to beat tiredness. ...
  2. Get moving. ...
  3. Lose weight to gain energy. ...
  4. Sleep well. ...
  5. Reduce stress to boost energy. ...
  6. Talking therapy beats fatigue. ...
  7. Cut out caffeine. ...
  8. Drink less alcohol.

What are the roots of laziness? ›

Studies of motivation suggest that laziness may be caused by a decreased level of motivation, which in turn can be caused by over-stimulation or excessive impulses or distractions. These increase the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for reward and pleasure.

What are the symptoms of slothfulness? ›

Six Signs of Slothfulness
  • The slothful sluggard desires, and has nothing.
  • The slothful sluggard refuses to labour.
  • The slothful man starts but doesn't finish.
  • The slothful sluggard loves to sleep.
  • The slothful man is full of excuses.
  • The slothful man doesn't make progress.

What is an example of slothfulness? ›

A sluggard's choices may include decisions to stay in bed a little longer, extend lunch and coffee breaks at work, or spend time in idle chatter. A slothful person may procrastinate or refuse to work in adverse conditions. These actions may seem harmless initially, but soon they can set the standard for a way of life.

What is an example of a slothful person in the Bible? ›

Laziness in Solomon's day described farmers who made excuses for not working their fields. “He who watches the wind will never sow, and he who looks at the clouds will not reap (Ecclesiastes 11:4).” Any excuse will do.

What is a slothful person called? ›

The words indolent and lazy are common synonyms of slothful.

Why am I so slothful? ›

Laziness can be caused by a number of things, for instance, a lack of motivation, no clear direction or interests, or even a feeling of overwhelm. There is also our evolutionary trait. We are hardwired to preserve our energy and lay low.

What is the difference between sloth and laziness? ›

Sloth and laziness, are voluntary, with this difference, that sloth, implies, utter in|activity, an absolute aversion to work; laziness, an inclination, but, a fear of trou|ble and fatigue: whereas, sluggishness, is, often, involuntary; proceeding, sometimes, from constitution, and, is discovered, by its dull, heavy ...

Why is sloth the deadliest sin? ›

Sloth is considered one of the deadly sins because it reflects a complete disinclination toward care, love, contribution, and faith—virtues that open upon our true dignity, purpose, and eternal destiny.

What are the characteristics of sloth sin? ›

While laziness is certainly an element of sloth, there's more to this sin than just laziness. In Hit List, Brian Hedges defines the sin of sloth with four characteristics: (1) carelessness, (2) unwillingness to act, (3) half-hearted effort, and (4) becoming easily discouraged by any possible difficulty.

What are three possible causes of laziness? ›

Knowing What Are the Main Causes of Laziness
  • Procrastination. One of the biggest signs people become lazy is procrastination. ...
  • Distractions. ...
  • Failure to Make Wise Decisions. ...
  • Stress and Exhaustion. ...
  • Lack of Self-Confidence. ...
  • Poor Diet. ...
  • Lack of Inspiration. ...
  • Irresponsible.
Jan 6, 2023

What are the characteristics of a lazy person? ›

Lazybones — Three Characteristics of Lazy People
  • First, lazy people tend to postpone work later. ...
  • Second, lazy people blame others and the environment and try to make excuses like this. ...
  • Third, a lazy person should do 'what they want to do' rather than 'work to do'.
May 2, 2019

Can you grow out of laziness? ›

Taking small steps toward better self-care, increased energy, improved goals, and healthy boundary setting can help you stop feeling lazy in no time. Prioritizing and taking consistent action steps are the key to long-term change and there is no better time than now to take those first steps.

What virtue needed to overcome sloth? ›

Antidote: Vanquish Sloth with DILIGENCE

The virtue of diligence is the antidote to acedia, and it helps us to form good spiritual habits and stick with them, even when we really don't want to.

What does God mean by sloth? ›

Definition. The word "sloth" is a translation of the Latin term acedia (Middle English, acciditties) and means "without care". Spiritually, acedia first referred to an affliction to women, religious persons, wherein they became indifferent to their duties and obligations to God.

What does a sloth teach us? ›

Play to your strengths

The sloth is a fine example of finding what you're good at and sticking with it. For the sloth and so many of us, this will be absolutely nothing. But as the sloth's existence once again proves, that does not mean you cannot find success.

What vitamin deficiency is for laziness? ›

Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to tiredness. This sign is often overlooked. Studies have also highlighted the link between vitamin D deficiency and tiredness or fatigue. Sunlight is one of the best sources of vitamin D.

How do you make laziness a strength? ›

  1. 7 Simple Ideas to Turn Laziness Into Productivity. Laziness happens to the best of us, so use it as a signal to do things differently in your life. ...
  2. Do Things You Enjoy. ...
  3. Find the Root Cause. ...
  4. Play to Your Strengths. ...
  5. Ask for Help. ...
  6. Surround Yourself with Motivated People. ...
  7. Find Meaning. ...
  8. Avoid Distractions.

What deficiency causes laziness? ›

Deficiencies in certain nutrients — such as iron and vitamins B12 and D — may cause fatigue. Your doctor can test for nutrient deficiencies and suggest appropriate treatment.

Is laziness a mental thing? ›

Laziness may be a momentary state or an issue of character, but it is not a psychological disorder. Further, if you're concerned you might be lazy, ask yourself if you're feeling deeply sad, have disengaged from things you used to love, and are having problems with sleep, energy levels, or your ability to concentrate.

What are two types of laziness? ›

Lethargy:“I'm too tired. I don't have the energy.” Apathy:“I just don't care about anything.”

What are the 8 categories of laziness? ›

Here are the eight voices of laziness:
  • Confusion: “I don't know what to do.”
  • Neurotic Fear: “I just can't.”
  • Fixed Mindset: “I'm afraid I'll fail or look stupid.”
  • Lethargy: “I'm too tired. ...
  • Apathy: “I just don't care about anything.”
  • Regret: “I'm too old to get started. ...
  • Identity: “I'm just a lazy person.”
Apr 10, 2017

What is the opposite of slothful? ›

Opposite of tending to sloth. industrious. energetic. active. lively.

What does the Bible mean by not slothful in business? ›

He says, “Don't be slothful in business,” meaning that you shouldn't lag in zeal, but fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. The word “fervent” as used in this context is translated from the Greek “zeó,” which means to boil with heat for liquids, and to glow with heat for solids.

Why are idleness and slothfulness sins? ›

Idleness is the handmaiden of temptation. Laziness often yields not only thorns but temptation—which leads to sin, yielding death (James 1:14–15). When we're focused on nothing—or on ourselves—we are more prone to temptations that arise out of our sinful hearts.

What is the punishment for sloth in the Bible? ›

The punishment for the sin of sloth is to be thrown into a pit of snakes. For Trent's punishment, the Executioner stalked him while he was hunting and shot at him several times. Eventually leading him to a trap in the middle of the forest— a large hole covered by a thin cover and leaves.

What is the root of sloth? ›

The word "sloth" is a translation of the Latin term acedia (Middle English, acciditties) and means "without care". Spiritually, acedia first referred to an affliction to women, religious persons, wherein they became indifferent to their duties and obligations to God.

What is the difference between laziness and slothfulness? ›

Sloth and laziness, are voluntary, with this difference, that sloth, implies, utter in|activity, an absolute aversion to work; laziness, an inclination, but, a fear of trou|ble and fatigue: whereas, sluggishness, is, often, involuntary; proceeding, sometimes, from constitution, and, is discovered, by its dull, heavy ...

What makes sloth a sin? ›

Sloth is considered one of the deadly sins because it reflects a complete disinclination toward care, love, contribution, and faith—virtues that open upon our true dignity, purpose, and eternal destiny.

What is the name of the spirit of laziness? ›

Acedia comes from Greek, and means “a lack of care.” It sounds a little like today's sloth, and acedia is indeed considered a precursor to today's sin of laziness. To Christian monks in the fourth century, however, acedia was more than just laziness or apathy.

What are the three types of laziness? ›

The Mahayana tradition identifies three types of laziness: not wanting to do anything; discouragement; and busyness. We'd rather stay in bed half an hour later than get up and meditate.

Is it a sin to be slothful? ›

The slothful person refuses to work and according to Scripture, he should not eat. Work is rooted in creation and is God's intended design for humanity. Those who refuse to work experience great pain, peril, and perpetual problems. It's a foolish thing to refuse to work.


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