Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." Proverbs 24:12 NLT
‘I’m washing my hair’, ‘I’m doing my coursework’, ‘I’m hoovering my cat’. All excuses we’ve used before to get out of a variety of things. (Maybe not the cat one, we tried it once and nobody believed us). But what about when we’re trying to get out of taking responsibility for something? Ouch. That stuff can sting quite badly. When we’ve hurt a friend, left someone out or made a really bad choice. It can be so hard to hold up our hands and say ‘You know what? My bad.’ – but sometimes, it’s the only way to move on.
Proverbs 12:22 (ESV) says ‘Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.’ God actually delights in seeing us do the right thing. That doesn’t mean that doing the right thing will be an easy ride, but it does mean that when we’ve messed up and we are willing to take responsibility we are bringing honour to God. On the flipside, when we use today’s verse as our script for sticky situations, no matter how many people believe you, God sees our motivation for excuses. When we’re willing to swallow our pride and own up, we are pointing our lives in a God-ward direction- everyone’s a winner (baby).
Ephesians 4:26 (NIV) says ‘Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.’ Use that as a challenge today; seek to put things right with your family and friends before you go to bed tonight. It might be tough, and it might be a long time before a relationship is repaired, but take the first step towards it today.