Excuses. Excuses. Excuses. To some degree or another, we all excuse away our behaviors and choices. Humankind is like that due to Adam's first "she made me do it" excuse. He said that to God Almighty as if God would overlook his disobedience because Eve had such persuasive powers over him.But, they all, with one accord, began to make excuses. - Jesus Christ, as recorded in Luke 14:18
E X C U S E !
God did NOT accept Adam’s excuse. Why? Because Adam was just defending his offensive behavior. He wasn't explaining, he was defending.
God does not accept our excuses either.
An explanation as to why someone did or didn’t do something is one thing, but if they are just excusing away their behavior or choices, then no. If there is no sorrowful conviction for the bad choices made, it is just an excuse.
Almost four years ago God exposed my husband’s long-term lifestyle with his paramour and family. When I confronted him, the only explanation he had was that he was “unhappy”. Yes, I imagine he was unhappy! How do you juggle two families and their lifestyles while keeping it, and all the finances involved in supporting two families, a secret from the one for years on end?
E X C U S E !
I hear more excuses in church than I do anywhere else. Reasons not to serve. Reasons not to help someone. Reasons not to tithe. Reasons not to commit. Reasons not to forgive. Reasons to gossip. Reasons to judge. Reasons for intolerance to other’s behaviors or choices. Reasons to kick the wounded. Reasons for betraying confidences.
E X C U S E S !
Our society does not need more excuses. It does need more sorrowful convictions over our behaviors and choices. Because when we do, we are adorned with Christ-like beauty.
Because of Him and Unto Him,