Making excuses is a part of life. For some, excuses are practically a way of life, becoming so common that it’s almost tempting to call them a routine. Everybody is guilty of it, but for Catholics, the habit of making excuses can be dangerous. Your Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit would like you to know why.
When a person experiences hardships in life, it can begin to shape the tone for who that person is to become. Hardships have the potential to help us grow, but on the other hand, they can also turn into an excuse NOT to grow. Thus, there are people who blame their ill behavior and sinful ways on a bad childhood, a mean teacher, a slave-driving boss, an indifferent spouse, etc.
Hebrews 10:26 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remain no more sacrifice for sins.”
Everyone falls short, but as Catholics trying to live right, there is simply no justification for bad behavior. It’s a wonder then, why we often make excuses for the sins we commit. How can a person say that he truly loves God, when he can’t look at his actions and see the sin that God sees? How come it’s easier to find excuse for the sins we commit than to accept the truth?
People often deceive themselves with the excuses they make for their sins. Some start to believe that they are justified to sin because they have been hurt or falsely accused by others. This justification can keep them from seeing that they are already committing sin. As this habit of making excuses happen over and over, soon, the sinful individual will start believing that he is right in his behavior.
If our words or actions fail to exhibit anything that is of Christ, then that means there is something wrong with it, and here lies the danger of making excuses. We are admonished and warned to be aware of thing that aren’t necessarily of God, and the Bible allows for no excuses to be made for sinful ways. When we do something wrong, we need to confess our sins, and this means we have to acknowledge that our deed is wrong, and then repent. We are required to turn away from sin and start following Christ again.
Though you may fail numerous times as a Christian, you must always strive to overcome sin. Through the power of Jesus and His Holy Spirit, you can live a life of holiness. Receive confession before attending a Latin mass in Detroit.
The Subtle Sin of Making Excuses, RelevantMagazine.com