Bible Version – KJV
Many people try to justify what they have done or choices they have made throughout their lives. Some undoubtedly have been good and others not so good. What mankind has the biggest problem with are the not so good choices and decisions that they make and then try to rationalize it as being good from one stand point or another.
Christians have the same issue just as those in the world have, but I believe ours is even worse because of the constant indoctrination of being saved by grace. It has become more a license to sin then what the word means, to be shown favor. We are shown favor because we have made the stand to worship and serve the LORD. The topic of being saved by grace I will have to cover another time, but today I will stay on track with owning up to actions.
Another clincher is that we think if we ask for forgiveness all is fine and dandy. That no matter what we do we will receive no form of punishment if we simply ask for forgiveness we need not fret about what we have done. Those that think we escape any form of punishment are sadly mistaken.
Do not these same people believe and say that Jesus and his Father are the same yesterday, today and forever? (Hebrews 13:8; Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 40:8) If these same people say that God is unchanging then why should they think that we can escape wrong doing unscathed? If God never corrected us or reprimanded us then we would become ungrateful spoiled brats. He reprimands us because he loves us and to show us the error of our ways.
Let us look at a few examples in Old and New Testament of people that tried to justify their actions. If they would have owned up to what they did how much better could it have turned out for them and others?
(Genesis 2:15-17; Genesis 3:16-19) Would their punishment been as bad if they did not try to pass the blame onto others but took responsibility for their own actions?
(1 Samuel 15:2-3, 14-26) Saul might have been able to remain as king longer if he also took responsibility for him and his people then try to put the blame on others.
(1 Samuel 8:5-7, 10:18-19) The nation of Israel might have avoid a lot of their problems of bad kings if they repented from rejecting God as their king and following after the nations around them.
(Acts 5:1-11) Ananias and Sapphira could have avoided dying if they up front told them that they would sell their property but were going to keep some of the price for themselves instead of lying and try to make it seem as if they gave all that they received from the sale.
It is better for us to suffer a slight spanking now then face the torment of the lake of fire. We should be thankful for God’s love no matter what form it comes in. It is when we do wrong and receive no form of correction that we should worry. As Hebrews 12:5-6 states, those He loves he disciplines.
As I had mentioned earlier do we not claim God is unchanging? Though many might think, but that was then and this is now. Either they are lying to themselves or they are calling God a liar. As time has gone by in this world and especially nowadays we see people blaming everything else but themselves for their actions and expect to receive no punishment for those wrong doings. We need to start owning up and stop making excuses or we will never truly learn from our mistakes nor help others through theirs.