Living blamefree 1

'Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.' Romans 14:12 NIV

A flamethrower is a fiery torch designed to destroy people. A 'blame-thrower' does the same. When life doesn't go their way, instead of taking responsibility for their decisions and actions, they blame others. We can all be blame-throwers: we reacted in anger because 'we were offended'; we can't change because it's 'how we've been brought up'; we failed at a task because 'we weren't given enough support'. But the Bible says: 'Each of us will give an account of [our thoughts, actions and words] to God' (Romans 14:12 NIV). Not with lots of excuses and blame-shifting but with truth and integrity.

It's true that not everything is our fault; sometimes others are to blame for situations in our lives. But we are always responsible for how we react to a circumstance or a person. In the Bible it says: 'Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy' (Proverbs 28:13 NIV). Let's admit to God when we've reacted badly.

Let's not blame others and then make excuses for why we reacted the way we did. We all stumble and fall. But we have a God who's ready to pick us up, forgive us and give us the strength to go forwards again. Let's stop shifting the blame and move on with our lives.

So what now? Next time you make a mistake, or react the wrong way, try not to make excuses and blame others. Instead, go to God, tell him what you've done, and ask him for forgiveness. That's living blame-free!

Soulfood: 2 Sam 17:14-29 2 Sam 18 2 Sam 19:1-43 John 3:22-36 Ps 89:38-52 Pro 23:19-21,

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