Genesis 3:14-24

If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24

Even when you are certain you have been wronged, even when you are certain you are right about a subject, do you realize God turns a deaf ear when you play the blame game?

This deadly game began after the very first sin in the history of mankind. Eve stumbled when tempted; Adam did likewise. But when all all-knowing God began seeking their explanations, Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. Somehow, nobody was guilty!

God would hear none of it. They were cast of the Garden of Eden, with man left to endure the toil of subsistence and woman left to endure the intense pain of childbirth. Sin ruined man’s unspoiled fellowship with God. And making excuses had not one iota of effect upon God’s swift judgment.

The same holds true today. Our society decays, yet no one will take responsibility. All too many marriages in the United States end in divorce, and courtrooms are filled with people seeking damages in the most trivial cases. The blame game is at the height of popularity.

God doesn’t listen to our accusations of others, nor does He RSVP to our pity parties. All He wants is our proper fellowship with Him. In Matthew 5:23-24, Jesus outlined this commandment. The best way to point fingers is skyward in worship of our loving, forgiving Father.

Father, teach me to accept responsibility for my own sins.

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