Excuses have no good uses

Excuses are a popular type of denial. A happy life can’t be built on a foundation of excuses. Make hope, not excuses.

We think excuses protect our pride, but all they really do is hide our hope. An honest confession is much more powerful than the most creative excuse. Most excuses are abuses of truth. Excuses negate hope.

When you make excuses, you’re admitting that what you did or didn’t do was wrong and trying to avoid responsibility for it. Excuses demonstrate our refusal to admit and turn away from wrongful behavior.

Excuses are truces we make with discouragement and defeat. Effort used for making excuses would be better applied to accepting accountability. Excuses are deceptive because they make us believe that bad behavior isn’t so bad. They’re an attempt to make wrong behavior appear right.

Excuses devour your desire to be better and entrap you in complacency. Instead of making excuses say, “I’m sorry,” and make things right. It takes much less time to say, “I’m sorry,” than it does to make excuses. Blaming others for your mistakes and wrongdoing is a lame excuse.

Excuses are attempts to avoid the responsibility and/or minimize the blame for something. Excuses attempt to cover up wrongdoing. Repentance brings it to the light to receive forgiveness and a fresh start. Embracing excuses reduces your ability to accomplish positive results.

Instead of giving yourself excuses, have the courage to give yourself the truth. Excuses cancel goals. Making excuses produces passivity. Excuses have no good uses. You won’t admit your need for forgiveness until you lose your excuses. When you’re looking for an excuse, you’re moving away from God’s grace and forgiveness.

Making excuses is a powerful way to silence your conscience and to resist the thoughts that God puts within you. True Christianity is about being forgiven, healed, and empowered for holiness. It’s not about finding excuses to continue to sin.

Jesus is better than excuses! Excuses may hide your wrongdoing, but Jesus will forgive it and set you free. He wasn’t born to give us excuses for bad behavior, but to set us free from it. He didn’t come to excuse my sin but to pay the penalty for it on the Cross.

The only person who isn’t “only human” is the God-man — Jesus Christ! People who make lots of excuses falsely believe that their mistakes and wrongdoings are unforgiveable. Excuses prevent you from truly experiencing God wonderful forgiveness.

God always sees through your excuses. Refusing to use the word sin doesn’t excuse your sin. It’s just a futile attempt to hide your sin. It’s hard to overcome a sin if you refuse to acknowledge that it is a sin. Excuses are the traps that keep us stuck in sin.

Excuses make us believe the lie that we don’t have an ongoing need for God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness, deliverance, and healing. Pray the prayer of no excuses: “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a sinner.” Delete all excuses from your mind and heart and humbly embrace Christ’s forgiveness.

New Year’s excuses are much easier to follow than New Year’s resolutions. It’s not enough just to do better. We need God to make us better from the inside out. Without New Year’s repentance and ongoing surrender to Lordship of the risen Jesus a New Year’s resolution will never be our solution.

When you excuse your sin, you excuse God’s grace and you’re left holding the bag. According to the Bible, the hope of glory isn’t you in church; it’s Christ in you.

Jesus did bleed
So you can plead
Guilty of your sin
And let Him lead
You to forgiveness
And healing.

Step into the place
Of no excuses
And turn your face
Toward Christ.
Then let Jesus replace
Your sin with His grace.
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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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