John and Joe stole some money, but they reacted differently when confronted with the evidence. John broke down immediately, confessed his guilt, and offered to repay the money. But Joe refused to take any responsibility and blamed his companion. Later, with his parents supporting him. Joe claimed he was forced into this conduct because some of the young people in his church had never accepted him.
After more than thirty-five years of giving spiritual counsel, I can testify that people who try to cover their sins will not prosper, and that those who confess and forsake them find mercy (Proverbs 28:13). Many people never realize that they become their own worst enemies by blaming others instead of facing up their own faults.
In 1 Kings 21, we read that King Ahab wanted a vineyard belonging to Naboth, but the owner refused to sell it. So Jezebel, Ahab’s wife, had Naboth executed. Although Ahab merely allowed her to use his name in signing orders, he didn’t blame his wife when confronted with his evil deed. Instead, he acknowledged his crime, expressed grief over it, accepted responsibility, repented, and received a merciful reprieve.
Whenever we do wrong, we are wise to face up to it, take responsibility for our actions, and ask God to forgive us. We will be better people when we learn to say, “I’m to blame.” – Herbert Vander Lugt
Only those willing to take blame can ever be trusted with responsibility.
- August 3, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread