Are you broken or blameless?
March 24, 2017, 5:00 AM

Have you ever just set back and watched people?  People watching is kind of a hobby of mine. I just enjoy learning about people and you can learn a lot about a person by just watching them.  Not only do I like to sit and watch I also like to listen. I enjoyed listening to people no matter their age, demographic, or intellect. I believe I can learn something from everyone. In all of this, one of the things that I've learned about people is that some are broken and some are not.   And I have come to the conclusion we all need to be broken.  Allow me to unpack this for you.


Brokenness is God’s gift, designed to motivate you to initiate reconciliation.  Broken people are aware of their need for a Savior. They have no time to focus on anyone else’s sins. Broken people are fully willing to accept the consequences of their sin and don't dodge responsibility for their actions.  I've heard countless stories from people who weren’t broken, people who can't or won't take responsibility for what they've done. They play the blame game and search to place blame on anyone else but themselves for the situations they find themselves in.  Sometime it’s hard for me listen to them and not to just tell them “It’s your sin, own it”.  


The truth is hard to deal with for them, because truth is even if you feel like you did something because of someone did something to you or because someone didn't meet your needs, you still sinned. When it comes to sin, there is never a legitimate excuse.  You made the choice to sin. No matter what anyone else did first. You are still responsible for you!  Therefore, we must accept responsibility for it and the consequences that follow.  This marks the beginning of our faith and the transition from sinner to saved.


 Only upon recognizing our sin and acknowledging our need of a Savior, can we truly repent of it. Repentance is not only a change of mind; it is a change of direction. Unless you change your behavior, you haven’t really repented, no matter how many tears you may have shed. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. II Corinthians 7:10 Do you find that you dodge responsibility for your actions or sin? Do you ever blame someone else for your sinful actions? 


This is my Prayer:  God teach me to be broken.  Lord help me accept responsibility for my own actions and not blame others. Lord reveal to me why I don't take this path very often.  Jesus give me have an attitude of true repentance.  God reveal the steps I need to take to change my direction and follow you.  In Jesus name, Amen.