Stop blaming others and accept responsibility

Jun 1, 2023

‘The man said, “The woman You put here with me— she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”’Genesis 3:12 NIV

The story of Adam and Eve’s failure teaches us two important lessons about God:

(1) He won’t accept your excuses.

(2) He won’t let you blame other people.

He insists that you take responsibility for yourself. And until you do, He can’t bless you like He desires. That means you must make a choice to stop living in the rubbish heap of past mistakes—your own, and other people’s. You must focus on where you’re going and what you’d like to see happen, rather than having your eyes looking back at what was done and who did it.

It’s time to take back your power! How?

(a) Declare ‘time–out’ when it comes to blaming others.

(b) Define what success would look like for you and specify what you want to see happen. (c)

Delegate ‘who’ll do what’ in order to make it happen, and reward the people who help you towards a brighter future.

(d) Realise that goals need to be attainable.

Relationships in trouble desperately need good news, so develop some achievable goals that give everyone something to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be the ultimate goals that’ll win the war, but small successes that indicate you’re winning some battles. This game plan gives power back to the person who needs to see progress. It distracts you from blaming others and gives you guidelines for what’s productive. It takes the power away from dwelling in the past, where none of us has the ability to undo what was done no matter who is to blame. And it’s constructive, as opposed to being destructive.

SoulFood: 1 Kings 12–13, Matt 13:47–58, Ps 82, Pro 12:18–19
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2023

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