Blaming Others

Scripture

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.  14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.  15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. – James 1:13-15 ESV

Observation

We are not tempted by God to sin. We are tempted when we are lured and enticed by our own desires. These desires give birth to sin and sin results in death. 

Application

We are always looking for someone to blame for the wrong choices and sin we do within our lives. We want to justify our action and transfer the blame to someone else. This began with the original sin when both Adam and Eve began to make excuses for their sinful choice. 

The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.”  Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:12-13 ESV

Adam transferred the blame to God; “The woman whom you gave to be with me…”.  Eve pointed to the serpent for her sin; “the serpent deceived me…”.  Of course the only ones who were guilty of the sin were Adam and Eve themselves.  

James makes it clear, you can not transfer your sin onto God or anyone else. You, alone, must accept the consequences of your sin because it was your own desires that lead you down the path of disobedience.  True forgiveness of sin begins with true confession. It is a confession that points out that we agree with God and it is our own choices that have taken us down a road of disobedience and even death. 

Prayer

Lord, we confess to you our disobedience and take full responsibility for our choices. Lord forgive us for our sins and cleanse us from all our iniquities. 

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