“The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’” Genesis 3:12 ESV
It started in the Garden when Adam turned blame to his wife, Eve, when caught in their first sin. He desperately tried to convince God it was Eve who tempted him with the fruit, and therefore, he was blameless. Rather than owning up to his mistake, Adam made excuses to justify his actions. The blame-shifting that occurred in the Garden still is alive today.
I can’t count how many times I have made excuses for my sin—blaming others, telling little white lies to cover things up, and even flat out ignoring it. Making excuses for our sin is prideful and arrogant; it’s a proud way of trying to justify our actions rather than just accepting our sinful depravity and admitting we need a Savior. It holds us back from humbling ourselves before God to repent of our sins and plead for His forgiveness.
In Romans 1:20 it says we are all without excuse. So yes, we would still worry even if our lives were more secure, and we would still have lustful hearts no matter how available sensual images are in our culture. Our sinful depravity will always be there no matter how many excuses we make. But sisters, we are now free from the weight of sin…Christ has freed us from bondage so we no longer have to make excuses. We are forgiven in Him. If we confess with our mouths, He is just and faithful to deliver us from our wretched ways (1 John 1:9). This will send us pleading for Christ’s mercy and grace on our lives.
Father, forgive me for not taking responsibly for my sinful actions. I don’t deserve Your grace or mercy. Help me to humbly come to You with my short fallings and to always confess my sins to You. I know You are faithful to forgive me, Father.
Do you often find excuses for your sin? Reflect on James 1:13-15.