What’s Your Excuse?

In my last post, I discussed how I have been examining myself, and finding that I don’t just sin “accidentally” but deliberately .  Now I’m looking at some of the ways I excuse my sins.

SINS OF COMMISSION

  1.  Everybody does it
  2.  It’s really not so bad
  3.  It’s just how I am
  4.  It’s impossible to avoid
  5.  I was provoked

SINS OF OMISSION

  1.  I’m too busy
  2.  I got tired
  3.  I can’t do everything
  4.  It’s not my gift, someone else can do it better
  5.  It’s somebody else’s responsibility
  6.  It makes me uncomfortable
  7.  I’m too old (this one might go with too tired!)

Okay, I know there is validity in some of our excuses.  We can’t do everything, and we certainly should concentrate on those thing we can do best.  We will all have a tendency to certain sins because of our own personality/upbringing/experiences.  However, we need to ask ourselves, are we doing something?  Are we trying to lean away from our sinful tendencies, or do we just accept them? Are we avoiding situations that cause us to sin?  Are we taking some initiative in the process of sanctification, or are we just drifting along?

The apostle Paul put it well:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13″

No, this doesn’t mean that we save ourselves through our works, but it does mean that we have a responsibility to work with God to grow mature in our faith.  So I would like to challenge our readers:  Examine yourself — make your own list of excuses–then make a realistic plan to do better.  Don’t try to improve in every area at once, just pick one.  If you’re like me, you’ll have plenty of choices.  NO MORE EXCUSES!

For more on examining your conscience, see these posts:

Examination of Conscience

Practicing Piety

False Piety #2

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