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Dont Justify – Dont Blame – Just Get It Right!
7/12/2012

The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. Psalms 25:9 (NKJV)

I think there is some sort of defense system built into our flesh that naturally wants to kick in when we are guilty of doing something wrong.  It seems way too easy to justify, or seer ones conscious of any wrongdoing, and to help this process along, there is always blame shifting, where someone else is used as a scapegoat so the attention is shifted from our being the guilty party. 

Why do we tend to justify our wrong actions?  Why do we blame others for the crazy and incorrect things we do?  Well, I think there are probably many reasons including self-preservation and pride, but ultimately it comes down to a compromise of our integrity.   

Integrity can be defined as a possession of firm principles, and it implies truth, reliability, uprightness, and honor.  I personally believe we must hold fast to a core set of principles if we are to walk in righteousness, and integrity is at the top of the list.  It comes down to doing what is right, even when no one is looking.  It is doing every thing we do with a pure motive, and as if we are doing it to, or for God (1 Cor. 10:31). 

Q:         So what should we do when we find ourselves tempted to justify the improper things we have done, or when we are tempted to blame someone else for our behavior or actions?

I think we need to drop any thought of justifying our actions, or blaming others for what we have done, and determine in our minds to just get it right with the Lord, and with others who may have been affected by our improper choices.   Pride tries to deny, justify, and blame, whereas a humble heart seeks restoration and unity with God, and others.  The devil and his emissaries want to keep is in the bondage of sin, and to use us as vessels of dishonor, but God honors the humble, broken and contrite heart, and is swift to forgive us of our sins when we confess them.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to be humble and not hang on to stubborn pride when we are wrong.  Let’s seek the abundant grace of God through repentance and then be reconciled unto those we have offended.  God will give us the strength when we choose to walk in His ways. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about being humble and seeking to be right with God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to humble yourself before the Lord when you are wrong and confess your sin to Him? 

APPLICATION: Once we have confessed our sin we must now walk in the proper direction and change our ways.  We need to stay humble and seek the Lord for His strength to do what we know to be right.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for Your amazing grace upon our lives.  Help us to do what is right when we are tempted to pridefully defend our actions.  Help us to see things in the same way You do so we will abhor evil just as You do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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