June 19, 2021 · Bob Gass
“The wise are glad to be instructed.” Proverbs 10:8 NLT
If you want to walk in God’s blessing, stop making excuses and take responsibility for your life. The Bible says, “The wise are glad to be instructed…fools fall flat on their faces.” The ability to accept responsibility is a hallmark of character and maturity. More importantly, God can’t restore you until you acknowledge and turn away from your sin. Nowhere in scripture does God excuse our sin because of someone else’s behaviour. The Bible says He will “repay all people as their actions deserve” (Proverbs 24:12 NLT). When you keep placing blame on other people, you never reach the place of honest responsibility—where real change begins! A respected counsellor wrote, “All blame is a waste of time. Regardless of how much fault you find, it will not change things. The only thing blame does is keep the focus off you when you’re looking for reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making someone else feel guilty, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever is making you unhappy.” Blaming others is often just a way of avoiding the truth about yourself. Jesus said that knowing the truth will set you free (see John 8:32). It may make you very uncomfortable at first, but it’s the thing that will truly liberate you. And hiding from it doesn’t make it go away. In fact, until you’re willing to face your mistakes, you will keep having problems. Is that really how you want to live? No? Then get honest with God and let Him help you correct the things in your life that are out of order.