Lord forgive us for times when we excuse our actions, not taking responsibility for our wrongful behaviour. For times Lord when we are quick to hide our wrongful words and actions behind – ‘I behaved this way because they did this, said that or the other. Forgive us for the times when we blame others or try to rationalise our own wrong behaviour, instead of accepting responsibility and repenting.
Give us Lord hearts that are humble, to be quick to see the log in our own eye, to see our sin for what it is, as you see it. Help us Lord not to blame others or justify our behaviour, but be quick to come to the foot of the cross, humbly, recognising our own sinfulness and our need for you Lord and your cleansing. Help us Lord to be increasingly more sensitive to our own faults than faults of others. May we be people who bring about change in our situations by being quick to confess and forsake our own sins, we pray.
Matthew 7:3-5 – And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Proverbs 28:13 – He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Ponder this: Am I blaming or repenting?