Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog we all are the sum total of our choices in life. Jesus said, “there are many who enter the broad way, the easy way, the comfortable way, the convient way, the way of no pressure,” the end of that way is destruction, failure, mediocrity, and no fruit for Jesus.

The sad thing about today’s culture is that many people who make poor choices in life and then experience the guaranteed results and consequences from those choices then blame others for their plight in life.

Wisdom is a big deal in the book of Proverbs, and it is clear that the pathway to greater wisdom is to learn from our poor choices, but the person who blames others for their life situations never learns and continues to make poor choices and continues to blame others for their rotten life.

A basic spiritual discipline is to examine our own life and confess all known sin to God. To confess a sin means to own it, I did it, I blame no one, it was me all the way. When we confess our bad choices in life God forgives us, the power of that sin to control our life is weakened, we experience the joy of a clear conscience, and we grow in wisdom.

1 thought on “Blaming

  1. Tim McIlroy

    Forgiving people who were supposed to be there for us and weren’t is especially hard for me. As a pastor’s kid there was not a lot of love that I received at times from my Father as work seemed to be his focus. Even though I consistently asked to do things with him and he in the end would say one thing and then do another. It’s hard to let go of things you needed from people, i.e. my Dad’s love.

    And yet Jesus set aside his own will to do his father’s will. Even though the consequences were drastic as he struggled to understand the absence of God the Father on the cross, evident in Matt 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

    If Jesus can question the Father’s will in the garden of Gethsemane sweating blood or on the cross confused by the silence of God the Father. and still have the perspective to remain sinless in his accordance with his Father’s. I think I can forgive my Father and that there’s hope for my family and for the church to thrive in our embittered and often hate filled culture.



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