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Just Get It Right!

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 clear ones' conscience of any personal wrongdoing.  And to help this process along there is always blame-shifting — this is where someone else is used as a scapegoat so the attention is shifted from our guilt and it is wrongly placed upon another. 

So, why is it that we tend to justify our wrong actions?  Why does it seem so natural to 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.  So it makes perfect sense for us to hold fast to a core set of God-honoring principles if we are to walk in righteousness.  It really 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 (Col. 3:17, 23; 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 usually leads to denying, justifying, and blaming, whereas a humble heart seeks restoration and unity with God, and others.  The devil and his emissaries want to keep us in the bondage of sin, and to use us as vessels of dishonor — but God honors the humble, broken, and contrite heart, and He 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 think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to be humble and to let go of any stubborn pride when you are wrong.  Seek the abundant grace of God through repentance and then be reconciled unto those you have offended.  God will give you the strength when you 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? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Once you have confessed your sin you must now commit to walking in the proper direction and to change any way that you know to be wrong.  Stay humble and seek the Lord for His strength to do what you know to be right.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace upon my life.  Help me to do what is right when I am tempted to pridefully defend my actions.  Help me to see things in the same way You do so I will abhor evil just as You do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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