The Bible speaks on the topics of life. Many have wondered, often out loud, whether or not any of what is in the Bible is relevant to life or not. It is timeless. It doesn’t get old in the same way a manual about how to use a rotary telephone would. This truth is always true, it never ceases to be important to lives.
One area where I have recently noticed this is with the topic of responsibility. Each one of us is 100% responsible for the difference areas of our life. This includes our relationship with God. It is important that we all start accepting responsibility for our relationship with God. It is your relationship with God. Is it there? Is it real? If not, guess who has the responsibility to make the steps to get back on track?
We like to pass the blame off when it comes to our life and how it relates to our faith in God.
Whoops….My passion got the best of me
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge,
nor to be hasty and miss the way. – Proverbs 19:2
What are you passionate about? Passions are generally a good thing. Who wouldn’t rather hang out with someone who is passionate about something verses someone who just didn’t care. The difference here is in how that passion is expressed. Zeal is that intense passion or enthusiasm that people have for something. There are some misguided passions which will make you do things that are counter God’s Word. You might be passionate about your friends. You decide you will do anything for your friends. When that ‘anything’ becomes a limitless list of things to do, passion for friendship loses any knowledge from God’s Word and is dangerous.
A man’s own folly ruins his life,
yet his heart rages against the LORD. – Proverbs 19:3
It is the man’s own folly, or foolishness, or poor choices that get them into trouble. They are his or her own. These choices ruin lives and even though they were warned, they still blame God for the problems.
If someone smokes cigarettes and then gets lung cancer, that was their choice and the consequence comes from that. So they really can’t blame God for that. If a teen goes out and gets drunk with their friends and the party gets busted, they made a choice and there is a consequence for it. In that case, blaming God would not make sense. Yet, so many people do.
The Bible speaks to these areas of life and we ought to pay attention to it. Passion is not a solid excuse.
I didn’t do anything
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and he who pours out lies will not go free.- Proverbs 19:5
Have you ever been caught in a lie? One way people will pass of blame is by not even admitting when they have done something wrong.
When you have done something wrong, it is important to admit it. This not only is helpful to you and that person, but it is also helpful for you and your relationship with God. Remember, you are responsible. Liars will always get caught; it is just a matter of time.
I’m so tired…..busy…..zzzzzzzzzzzz
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth! – Proverbs 19:24
Laziness is another excuse. This is when you are just too tired to care. Being tired or busy is not an excuse to check out of your responsibility to respect God and yourself in all you do.
The picture here is of someone sitting in front of the TV, with their hand in the popcorn bowl, but they just can’t find the energy to bring it back to their mouth. It is just too much work.
Clearly, this is not a good excuse for ignoring God’s Word.
A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty;
if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.- Proverbs 19:19
People who are angry and hot-tempered get themselves into trouble. Temper is not a good excuse for hurting people, or doing things that are counter God’s Word. Self-Control is one of the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Self-Control can be a challenge when you have intense emotions, but no matter what happens you are still responsible.
My kids try this sometimes when they get into an arguments with each other. They claim that their brother made them mad. No, they might have done something that they didn’t like, but they still chose to act the way they did. It is all about the reaction to the problem.
So, sorry, you can’t pass the blame for your life onto some temperament thing or family history of violence or dysfunction. You can be different in Christ.
Yes, peer pressure is hard stuff but you need to be who you are, not who they say you are. If God’s Word is important to you, then live it without fear. You are not a puppet on the strings of the world. You are a unique, valued, child of God who does not need to conform to the world.
You are responsible; it is time to accept responsibility.