<<fault, hold responsible>>

From the time sin was committed in the Garden of Eden, man has tried to excuse his sin by inferring it is someone else’s fault, shifting the responsibility onto others, yet this does not resolve the problem. Adam blamed Eve, she blamed the serpent (Gen 3:12,13).  "A person's own folly ruins their life, yet their heart is angry at God" (Prov 19:3). God knows the truth and holds us responsible for our actions which often have long-term consequences (Gen 3:14-19).

Many problems we bring on ourselves because we don’t take ownership or are slow to obey. Instead of blaming others or circumstances for personal failure we should take responsibility for the choices, responses and actions we make by admitting our sin and apologizing to God and those involved, instead of seeking to shift the blame to

  Maturity is taking ownership not                      deflecting responsibility

something or someone else who may not even be involved. Then we should seek to find a solution or correct the mistake. A test of a person’s character is their reaction when blamed or accused.

When things go wrong we are humiliated, our pride and self-esteem are challenged. Endeavour to keep a right spirit and refrain from finger pointing. Many factors in life are beyond our control and seemingly go wrong. This can lead to frustration and incriminating an innocent victim because we are not ministered to. Don’t blame God because whatever He does is done in love for our good (Job 1:22; Rom 8:28). 

Take any reprimand or correction with a mature attitude – understanding what you did wrong and if possible implement steps to correct it, without getting defensive or harbouring ill feeling.

See also: accountability, accusations, excuse, failure, fault, reaction, responsible/responsibility, self-pity.

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