Genesis 3:12-13 — 12 The man said, “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”(NIV).
The above exchange occurred because Adam and Eve ate fruit from the only tree God had forbidden them to eat from. God confronted their sin, and Adam and Eve were quick to point the finger at someone else. This scene is not uncommon today.
Blame shifting is a human reflex used to avoid facing the truth about one’s self. People only point the finger at someone or something else when they have done something wrong. You don’t blame another person for your right actions. That would be ludicrous! In fact, most people are quick to accept all the credit they can get when they do something well.
The reason most people blame shift is because it can be emotionally painful to face the truth about themselves and their behavior, or they want to avoid discipline. When we do something that displeases God, Satan begins to work hard on our minds to prevent us from owning up to our fault. He fills our minds with excuses as to why we did what we did so we will evade personal responsibility. It’s always easier to face the truth about someone else.
The devil wants us to justify our wrong behavior instead of cutting it off at the root. Joyce Meyer teaches that you may have a legit reason for why you act poorly, but don’t use it as an excuse to stay that way. Adam and Eve were deceived into eating the forbidden fruit, but instead of owning up to their sin, they committed another blunder by trying to hide from God. Then they started blame shifting. Not facing the truth about themselves caused a chain reaction of poor behavior.
Ask God to show you the truth about yourself. Perhaps you have been hurt, and your actions and attitude are a direct reflection of the pain you feel. Take responsibility for your behavior. Don’t blame circumstances or other people. Then your healing will come, and your behavior will change.
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