The Blame Game

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Do you blame others for your mistakes and sins, or do you confess your sins and take responsibility? A sure sign of maturity is accepting responsibility for our actions.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”—and you forgave the guilt of my sin. - Psalm 32:5 niv

Notice Adam’s response when God asked about his sin: “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12). So the man blamed the woman, and he also blamed God—after all, He was the one who brought Eve into his life! Eve’s defense? “The serpent deceived me, and I ate” (v. 13). (The first example of the infamous “the devil made me do it” excuse.)

The victimization blame game is rampant today. We see feminists who blame men for trouble and men who blame their problems on women. We see blacks who blame whites for the trouble in their lives and whites who blame blacks. Republicans blame Democrats, and Democrats blame Republicans. We have an entire industry, the media, in which success seems to be measured by how many people they have adequately blamed. “It’s not my fault!” “It’s her fault!” “It’s his fault!” “It wouldn’t have happened without her . . . without him . . . without the snake!” Since the dawn of humanity, the blame game is the cry of all when it comes to our sin.

Do you blame others for your mistakes and sins, or do you confess your sins and take responsibility? The first step to forgiveness from God is acknowledging responsibility for our sin. Can you take that first step in acknowledging your own sinful deeds to the One who offers unlimited forgiveness? Isn’t it time to grow up and leave the blame game behind? A sure sign of maturity is accepting responsibility for our actions.

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