BLAME, MAKING EXCUSES
This is an essential problem to deal with. We want our children to be honest in examining themselves against God's standard, and to learn to readily confess and forsake sin. Excusing our sin and blaming our actions on others is dishonest and self-deceptive, and can lock us into immaturity and stagnation. It can also add a great burden of guilt to a life.
General information and commandments about this sin:
Pr. 21:2 Ways are right in our own eyes.
Pr. 12:15 Way of a fool is right in his own eyes.
Pr. 16:2 Man's ways are clean in his own sight.
Pr. 30:12 Pure in own eyes, but still filthy.
Ezek. 18:4b Soul that sins, it will die.
What happens, or should happen, to the person who makes excuses:
Pr. 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper.
Matt. 7:1-5 Will be judged.
Pr. 19:3 Blames God.
Job 9:20 Mouth will condemn.
Ezek. 18:4 The one who sins will be punished.
Blessings of acknowledging and confessing our sin:
Js. 5:16 Confess sins, will be healed.
I Jn. 1:9 Will be forgiven and cleansed.
Mic. 7:9 Will behold God's righteousness.
Pr. 28:13 Confess and forsake sin, will receive mercy.
Stories that illustrate the consequences of blaming others:
Adam and Eve, Gen. 3:12-13 Banished from the garden, spiritual death, cursings.
Aaron, Ex. 32:1-24 Aaron took what the people gave him, at his request, and fashioned the golden calf. He built the altar.Then he blamed the people.
Saul, I Sam. 15:1-23 Blamed people for his actions. Lost his leadership and kingdom.
Pilate, Matt. 27:24 Tried to deny his responsibility.
Sarah, Gen. 16:5 Blamed Abraham for situation with Hagar.
Esau, Gen. 27:36 Blamed Jacob for his foolish action in giving up his birthright.
Verses to memorize:
Pr. 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the hearts. (NKJV)
Ezek. 18:4b ...the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Pr. 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.