But we do it all the time because Satan has convinced us we're victims, not sinners.
We blame our sins on insecurity, poor self-esteem, bad parenting, mistreatment, lack of opportunity, or difficult circumstances.
But God gave us a Biblical example that blows our victim mentality out of the water.
It's the story of young Joseph:
Raised in a family of incest, murder, multiple wives, and jealous half-brothers. Sold into slavery. Thrown into prison by a lying female. Separated from his home and forced to live as a stranger in a pagan culture.
He could have wallowed in self-pity, disabled with fear and rejection. But he chose to do the right thing, forgive his offenders, trust God for his circumstances, and make the best of his life. And that's what we must start doing too.
No one is a victim when they're in Christ.*
*Please understand this within the context of sin. I am not saying there are no victims of crime or abuse. I am saying we cannot excuse our sin by saying we are victims.
Genesis 4:6-7: Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
2. Why is it important to recognize our sins for what they are?
1 John 1:8-10: 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
If you'd like to read about a Bible character who blamed his sin on others, read about King Saul in 1 Samuel 15. And read these 1-Minute Bible Love Notes for more insights: Self-Defense and Anatomy of Insincere Repentance.
After working through this study, read my insights HERE.
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