Excuses, Excuses

It’s Just The Way I Am

Have you ever heard anyone excuse their behavior with the phrase, “It’s just the way I am”? I’ve lost count myself. Rather than face up to the fact that they can change, they cling to their sinful behavior. They will try to blame, “the way they are,” or the devil, or what someone did to them in the past. The only thing that seems to escape their attention is what God tries to teach them in the Bible.

But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). James 1:14 (AMP)

It is true that they belong to the human family, of which it is said, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (NKJV). But this is not an excuse to continue in sin. God made a way of escape. His name is Jesus and the offer of forgiveness in Christ is offered to all.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

All are beckoned to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and enter His rest. When they do, they enter into a covenant relationship with God in Christ that cleanses them from all unrighteousness and makes them a new creation delivered from the bondage of sin.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

If “old things have passed away,” then the sin nature has too. Now there is no excuse for sinful behavior nor can blame be laid at the devil’s feet. It is simply a James 1:14 situation that can only be repented of and met with a steeled resolve of the will. God has provided the power and will impart it in the measure the will wills it.

Now we can each say with confidence, “That’s just the way I was, but I’m no longer that person and refuse to act like it anymore.”

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