> The Believer's Walk
--suggests trying to justify a mistake or failure or to
make it seem less serious, in order to escape being blamed
or punished... something said to explain an offense or
I keep wondering why we so
often attempt to make excuses for sins in our lives. How is
that though we say we love God, so often it is difficult to
look at ourselves head-on and see the sin that God sees? How
come it is so easy to make excuses to others, who often see us
for what we are, and the sins we commit? Why is it that the
sins we try to hide the most, are the ones that keep coming to
light, until we finally say, "No more excuses"?
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice
There are so many excuses
that people give for remaining in sin or denying that they are
sinning. Over the years I've heard so many. One excuse often
being used, that was close to home, was "my
background". Other examples are "my home life"
or "the way I was brought up" or ???
It took several years for me
to understand that I had been using the fact that my dad had
been an alcoholic and we were raised in an abusive home, as a
reason to hold on to an incredibly destructive anger. I never
recognized that it was even there for several years into our
marriage. But God saw and knew what was needed to reveal this
sin and what was needed for me to deal with it.
Some other "pet"
excuses used by people are "it's my personality" or
"God made me that way." I have to smile at these in
a way, because I've heard those same excuses used by people
that abhor psychology and the "personality"
breakdowns. Many would recognize that referring to the
"four personalities" as an excuse for behaving
ungodly is sin. In fact, regardless of how unique God has made
each of us, the Bible clearly states that all are to have
evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. There are no verses that
describe or let us make excuses for sin because of our
personalities, backgrounds or circumstances. But there are
many verses that say we are to change and put off sin. God
expects that of us.
"But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye
have heard him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is
in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation
the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful
lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that
ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away
lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are
members one of another. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the
sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the
4:29-32 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of
your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying,
that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not
the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day
of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
clamor, and evil speaking, be put away with you, with all
malice: And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath
The scriptures also speak of
what happens to those that hang onto sin.
Romans 2 :5-9
"But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest
up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and
revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render
to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient
continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and
immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are
contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey
unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and
anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew
first, and also of the Gentile; For there is no respect of
persons with God."
We can often deceive
ourselves with our excuses, and justify remaining in sin and
committing more sins. This type of behavior can happen over
and over. It depends on how sensitive we are to the leading of
the Holy Spirit. As well, justifying and deceiving ourselves
can make us believe that we are absolutely right in our
behavior, and that thinking often leads to further sin.
Jeremiah 17:9 " The
heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?"
Proverbs 21:2 "Every
way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord
pondereth the hearts."
Proverbs 28:25,26 "
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. He that
trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh
wisely, he shall be delivered."
4:17-20 "This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord,
that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the
vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened,
being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance
that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But
ye have not so learned Christ;"
21:23,24 " Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue
keepeth his soul from troubles. Proud and haughty scorner is
his name, who dealeth in proud wrath."
Some have a perception that
they are justified to sin because they feel others have hurt
them or falsely accused them, whether it is true or not. Often
that justification keeps a person from seeing the sin they are
committing. Others feel that being a Christian and contending
for the faith gives one license to use whatever words and
attitudes they feel like using --all in the name of
"righteousness". But failure to exhibit the things
of Christ, or being a reflection of Him, means we have fallen
into sin somewhere along the way. Or perhaps it could mean a
person did not, or no longer, belongs to Christ.
We are admonished and warned
to be aware of those that are not necessarily of God.
Colossians 4:6 "Let
your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye
may know how ye ought to answer every man."
3:12-17a "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy
and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of
mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and
forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against
any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above
all these things put on charity, which is the bond of
perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye
thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another..."
3:5-10 "Mortify therefore your members which are upon
the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection,
evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For
which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children
of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when
ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your
mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off
the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that
2 Tim 3:1-7
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times
shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to
parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady,
highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof:
from such turn away. For this sort are they which creep into
houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led
away with divers lusts. Ever learning, and never able to
come to the knowledge of the truth."
22:10-13 "Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go
out; yea strife and reproach shall cease. He that loveth
pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall
be his friend. The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and
he overthroweth the words of the transgressor."
6:3-6 " If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to
wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is
proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and
strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings,
evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt
minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is
godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with
contentment is great gain."
"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit;
neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For
every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do
not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A
good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil
treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for
of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why
call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth
them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
He is like a
man which built an house, and digged it deep, and laid the
foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream
beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for
it was founded upon a rock."
We need to be
"fruit inspectors" and weigh carefully what is
growing around us. We also need to check where we've built our
"House" and we need to be sure that we're on the
quotes from the Authorized King James Bible
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