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Pointers along the way #48

The excuses we make
- Jacob Ninan

We human beings are very clever at making up excuses. Look at some of the common ones for sin.

If it makes me happy, it's all right.

If it doesn't hurt anybody else, it's all right.

Since 'everybody' does it, it's all right.

You have to live in this world.

Nobody is perfect.

God wouldn't mind us having some fun.

Nobody will know about it.

I can't help it.

I don't know what made me do it.

God can't send me to hell for a small thing like this.

There are no absolute rules. Sin is what you think it is.

I know Christians who do it.

I am willing to take a chance.

I can always repent later.

This will surely be the last time.

I can quit any time I want.

God is the One who made me like this.

God is a God of love. He is not a legalist.

The devil made me do it.

My father (mother) was like this.

If only you knew what I grew up with!

I couldn't take it any more!

I gave it back to him.

It's not as if I committed murder or something.


But we really have no excuse, because Jesus has come to take away our sins (Mt.1:21;1Jn.3:5). If we don't go to Him and ask Him for salvation, it is our fault. When He sets us free, we will be truly free (Jn.8:36).

We would have to give an account for even every careless word that we speak (Mt.12:36). It is not that we can get away with anything, or any excuse. It is not that God will just ignore our 'small' sins. But small sins or big sins, Jesus can save us from them all. That is His work. Even if we have been failing right up to now, even now we can ask Him to step into our life and set us free.