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Coming Clean
by Steve Higginbotham
October 26, 2006
Have you ever noticed how quick we are to blame others for our inappropriate and sinful actions?  Adam blamed Eve, then he blamed God.  Eve blamed the Serpent.  King Saul blamed the people.  The Israelites frequently blamed God.  And the blame continues.
 
And then there are our own excuses.  Have we ever attempted to excuse our actions by saying the following words?
  • It was his fault...
  • He had it coming...
  • I couldn't help myself...
  • I had to do something...
  • He made me..
  • I never would have done it, but...
  • If they didn't like what I did, they shouldn't have...
  • I'm not to blame for...
  • At least I didn't....
  • What else could I do...
  • I had no choice...
All of these statements are frequently heard and all of them are attempts at shirking responsibility, and avoiding a humble confession of wrong-doing.
 
Next time you make a mistake, may the first and last words that come from your mouth simply be, "I have sinned," as was spoken by the "man after God's own heart" (1Samuel 12:13).
Copyright 2006, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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